03 Aug Wandering the Backstreets of Vancouver Like Fred Herzog

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When I was young I spent most of my free time playing in the backyard with my brothers. The front of the house was supposed to be kept clean and presentable for visitors, but the backyard was our playground. We also hung out with the other kids in the neighbourhood in the back lane. We would make ramps for our bikes, or have impromptu street hockey games. It was an extension of our backyard. Some of my fondest memories of my youth was wandering through the backstreets and back lanes of my neighbourhood, seeing how far I could explore before getting lost. As an adult, I still enjoy walking along the back streets of a neighbourhood, including the back lanes. It reminds me of my childhood, but it also feels like I’m walking through the figurative heart of a neighbourhood. Whenever I meet someone on some quiet back street or back lane, I try to make eye contact, say hello and attempt to strike up a conversation. Nine times out of ten, people are willing to talk. As I walk through the same streets week after week, I meet the same people and they begin seeing me as part of […]

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