Saturday, March 08, 2008

Warming Up...

Winter in Calgary can seem endless... endless cold...endless snow...endless wind... and then you get a day like today. It gives a false sense of hope. I know in my head that Winter is by no means over but my heart... my heart leaps at the warmer weather. Not wearing mittens... not wearing a toque... not wearing my red winter parka or the matching scarf I knit to go with it. Needless to say, I got outside while the getting was good.

Even Ginger's heart seems to be leaping look at her!
While I was out, I took a few pictures of my neck of the woods. I love my inner city neighborhood. I've lived here for nearly 20 years. But it's changing.

When I moved here... Jimmy's was Harry's. The first time I met Jimmy... he was in high school. Now Jimmy's is an institution. Yummy food, always packed.

The Chinese Kitchen is still there. Even though the coin laundry next store has now become a real estate office.

The park is still the same.

But you can see where things are going...

Look no further than my street. When I bought my home, it was a street in a run down, inner city neighborhood with a lot of rentals. All the homes were little post war bungalows (mine still is). Well you can see what's happening to the post war bungalows, they are torn down the minute they are sold and up goes another infill (or two) all house and no yard. The value on my property went up more last year than I paid for it in the first place. Kind of hard on the seniors who are still trying to stay in their homes. I know denser population is a good thing. Revitalizing the inner city is better than endless, hideous, suburban sprawl. Does it HAVE to be my neighborhood?

Same ol' WIPs SKB Body done, sleeves anyone?

Gigi, nearing completion, love the waving lace pattern!


Blogger The A.D.D. Knitter said...

Love that lace pattern on the Gigi...and yes, sprawl sucks wherever it occurs!

8:00 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Same thing is happening in my home town - went back for a visit and found that the most of the ranch-style houses had grown another layer. I can't get used to it, it looks so closed-in and weird. Great pic of Ginger - she seems to be experiencing the same euphoria as Frisky! Spring might be closer than we hoomans think ;)

8:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aw...look at Ginger! Adorable!

9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Same thing happening here - even worse is the business areas have been rezoned and condos are going up. Ugh. I love the lace scarf. The pattern's interesting and feminine, and the color is lovely. BTW I'm going to get a copy of Buddha Da. It sounds great!

7:10 PM  
Blogger Yarnhog said...

Now that's a happy dog!

It's tough to see your neighborhood changing, I know, but around here, the suburbs are spreading like a bad rash. Pretty soon, there will be nothing between Los Angeles and San Diego except rows of yardless houses and endless miles of freeway.

4:02 PM  

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