Monday, September 21, 2009

a note on the ground

If you've been reading my blog regularly, you know that part of the waterfront where I usually walk or run is now restricted entry because of "development." So, after I ran the loop that I could, I decided, as it was my day to do a long, intense workout to loop back up the overpass and

run past McVicar's Creek, eastward, over the Cumberland St. bridge, where the creek flows towards Lake Superior, and along

Front Street, which runs along the waterfront and previous


Amongst a scrap of weeds, I found a note on the ground. It's meaning is a puzzle. I know there is a website somewhere where people post notes they have found on the ground, so I should send it in because it is so .....strange.

At the end of the street that is at the end of Front St, the city sidewalk has been completely and utterly NEGLECTED. I guess the folks who live around here haven't much clout with city hall.

I ran back along a back lane that runs along Cumberland St.


marja-leena said...

That IS a very enigmatic note, perhaps the start of a poem.

Except for the two lovely scenes at the top, it all looks very sad and worn, a side that exists in parts of many cities, I'm sure, but is often kept hidden and ignored, as are its inhabitants.

northshorewoman said...

Dear ML, isn't it, though? I don't even think it makes sense, but it must've to someone!

It is a part of town that is not prime residential real estate, that's for sure. But imagine, if 80 years ago that land was developed as residential or municipal park land instead of given kit-and-caboodle to industry, the place would look very different. Who knows, maybe one day, way down the road (pardon the pun!)this areas will be cleaned up, re-zoned and made as beautiful as it should be. Sometimes I wonder how my city looked before the colonizers came to develop it into "Chicago North." Why did the development have to progress in the fashion that it did? That's what I wonder about.

Merche Pallarés said...

Yes, lovely the two first pictures but I'm aghast with the rest. I don't know Thunder Bay but, in my time, Toronto and its surroundings was soooo well kept! You didn't see a piece of paper on the ground even if you wanted to...! Everything neat and tidy, plush and green. Hugs, M.

northshorewoman said...

Toronto has its share of disadvantaged neighbourhoods, as well as plenty plenty garbage on the ground, stuck in trees, and other eye sores.

I actually find these areas of town beautiful in their own way. There is lots to see, if you have an eye to notice beyond the problems. Today I saw lots more beautiful things on my run, places and spots that I discover quite spontaneously on my sojourns. I really must, however, get a better camera. Mine is starting to do funny things.

spirithands said...

I find it distressing that city planners thing it's ok to set aside the best lands to the private sector. Water front land has immeasurable value to a community if it is a public space. I see that value in places like Barrie where the city waterfront is mostly public space, it's really a beautiful people friendly space.