I stumbled upon a worldwide movement by staying close to home: I began drawing my East Vancouver neighbourhood in 2010. Rather than drawing tourist views, I take walks around my neighbourhood and document the alleys and dumpsters, the new restaurants moving in, the ordinary things. I enjoyed it so much that I started sharing my work on Flickr and soon discovered that what I was doing was called urban sketching and only got its official name in 2009. What I am observing and drawing in my neighbourhood's backyards, now connnects me with the whole world.
by Wayne Chan | May 3rd 11:55 am
My daily commute is like a small gear of mechanical time, of epicycles upon epicycles, where days turn to months and to years, and the seasons cycle through. The rhythms of time are constant, but the changes they bring are not.
by george ilsley | May 3rd 1:44 pm
The neighborhood of Broma in Vancouver (around Broadway and Main) used to have salmon streams and a temperate rainforest. Now it has hipsters.
by Brendan Harrison | Apr 12th 12:54 pm
When white supremacists moved into my neighbourhood, I was forced to reconsider what community meant to me.
by Monica Meneghetti | May 2nd 11:45 pm
Queer Banffites come in every stripe but, like other wildlife, most of us are well-camouflaged.
by Christin Geall | May 3rd 10:16 pm
In my neighborhood, houses float out to sea. They’re jacked up from their foundations, lifted onto trucks, and barged away.
by Sigrid Albert | Apr 18th 5:30 pm
I stumbled upon the worldwide movement of urban sketching by staying close to home: I began drawing my East Vancouver neighbourhood in 2010. I have since connected with urban sketchers all over the world by sharing my work with them online.