Not In The Past

Looking forward from 30

The skin around every city looks the same…

This was taken on the Kings Road on the outskirts of Sydney, NS the day my friends Norah and Greg got married about two months ago.

The title of this post comes from the Bruce Cockburn song “Silver Wheels“.  I think of that particular lyric whenever I’m on one of those strips in cities that are mostly fast food, strip malls and chain stores.  The real character of the city is more in the core: you can’t really judge Moncton by Mountain Road or Belleville by North Front Street.

It’s also quite applicable to the emergence of retail parks (often called power centres here).  Wherever the city meets up with one of the main highways, there’s usually a number of certain stores and restaurants that always go in to these areas in especially soulless and sterile buildings.  Malls still have a bit of character to them but these power centres are quite bland and homogenous.

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