The City of a Thousand Bends
I don’t think I realized how much I loved you until some unfortunate people trashed you and your reputation. But I do. And based on what I posted here the day after the riot,I feel the need to celebrate and help restore this great city where I get to live.
I am not the only one who feels this way. The Walls of Love, messages of care and remorse written on the plywood walls used to board up businesses looted on June 15th, show the magnitude of our citizens’ grief and concern, for our city and our people. The Vancouver Observer pointed out in a recent post that civic pride may actually be at an all-time high, if only in an attempt to claim back the city we believe Vancouver is, deep down, or what it could be.
If you’re here because you love Vancouver and are grateful to live here, despite its flaws and failures, you may want to check out these civic groups fighting for our city’s character:
Vancouver We Love You – A T-Shirt Project, raising hope and funds for Vancouver’s Homeless
Anthem YVR on Twitter – twitter.com/anthemyvr
True Canucks Respond – a project dedicated to the character we want Canuck fans to emulate
Greenest City Project – recently passed by city council, a project dedicated to making Vancouver the Greenest City in the World by 2020
There are several other facebook pages and twitter feeds as well, and several other community groups worth your participation if you’re interested. Please contact me for more details; and if you know of one who would like to be linked/listed on this page, please let me know.
For those of you who don’t live in Vancouver but were mildly interested in visiting this beautiful place before the horrific images of mid-June, please know that what you saw is being investigated and evaluated so that, if possible, it doesn’t happen again. Also know that that one night is really not representative of so many great days, years, and people in this city. If you subscribe to this blog (see the Vancouver Post Category on the main page), or follow me on Twitter (@lana_meredith, see the latest tweets category on the home page), you’ll see my links to some of the really great things about our home – including its pretty cool history, arts, culture and sports – here in the wet, er, west coast.
We’d love to have you come visit, and if you do, we’ll be on our best behavior. Promise.