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Let a thousand flowers bloom amid the traffic

August 14th, 2009 · 7 Comments

I’m up late trying to make my (bad word bad word) iPod downloads work and browsing the net, which gives me some time to link to these lovely photos that Gord Price has taken of one of our weird and wonderful new community gardens we’ve sprouted.

This one is in the heart of the downtown at Burrard and Davie and is the most prominent, but Vancouver is simply surreally delightful these days with corn and flowers and tomatoes being grown in the most unexpected places — in cars parked at the corner of truck route Clark Drive and bus route Broadway, on Pacific Boulevard by the Seymour off-ramp, along much of the old train tracks from the Arbutus Line, and where next?

(Sadly, the Pacific Boulevard one is likely to be going soon. As the condo market recovers, the gardens will go. The Onni people were at development permit board last month getting the final major permit for their building there — which will be an extremely tall tower, but one that most people at the meeting seemed to be thrilled with except for the big chunky podium on it that they’re still working on.)

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