This weeks photo challenge is culture and I decided to present it through images of a neighbourhood. A kind of unique micro universe in a larger urban centre.
Often, culture is depicted through people and place, food and celebration. I thought I would present culture through architecture and lifestyle.
The neighbourhood is Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant area bordering on Main and is home to a very distinct group of residents. It’s a community that’s interested in preserving history, values green living and diversity. the neighbourhood has gone through a transition in the last several years. What was once an ethnic area of middle class families, is now home to the young and retired. The history of the area is being preserved and restaurants and unique shops have sprung up. It’s a wonderful mix of old and new.
I walked through the streets absolutely in awe of the cherry blossom petals scattered on the sidewalk, the unique heritage buildings, communal green spaces and shops on Main Street. I saw rope swings tied on to the branches of boulevard trees, community gardens in parks, families out walking dogs and friends enjoying coffee at their favourite hangout.
If you ever visit Vancouver, don’t forget to check out Main Street south of Broadway. Especially in the spring, when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom and gardens are green.