Vancouver Public Space Network
Out for my usual morning stroll down Davie Street this morning heading to Hamburger Mary's at Bute. Most of Davie on the south-west side between Jervis and Bute was full of movie studio campers, generators and the like - something we see quite often in this beautiful part of Vancouver.
But today was park(ing) day - an annual worldwide event that "inspires city dwellers everywhere to transform metered parking spots into temporary parks for the public good." Urban guerrilla's had taken over the parking spot in front of the Luxy Cafe and transformed it into a small park - astroturf and all!
And what self-respecting protest doesn't have music - a long-standing tradition!
Once the movie gear had left, they relocated across Davie street and settled right in front of one of our local Loonie-Toonie stores. within minutes the owner of the store was poking around wondering how long "this was going to go on for."
To be honest, I am heartened to see young people today take up the fight and realize that with the right messages, they can make change! And to that store owner I say "be glad that in this country we still have the right to collectively gather and express our outrage and concern over issues that effect all of us." We must protect our world of tomorrow and collective action is often the only was to make voices heard.
After a summer full of Pride Parades, fireworks and "Davie Daze" it was refreshing to see this very grass-roots organization advocating and educating on public space issues in this beautiful city of Vancouver!