I love a languid Canada Day, when rest and relaxation prevails.
Especially because I live in Toronto – a city otherwise hyped up on caffeine and real estate.
Don't get me wrong, as a realtor with a healthy obsession for both housing and coffee, I have enormous gratitude to live here.
In fact, some might say Toronto and I are a natural fit. Our economy is a real estate tilt-a-whirl and I love oscillating nearly every waking moment.
But I gotta confess, when Canada Day rolled in on the tail of WorldPride, I was grateful to catch a break and enjoy a leisurely stroll through my neighbourhood with my camera in hand.
Here's some city graffiti I captured late this afternoon within five blocks of my front door, starting with my sidewalk on Euclid Avenue.
It tells the tale of why I love city living.
Here's the fence surrounding the new condo project going up on Dundas West at Manning Avenue. Fantastic!
Is this Art or Graffiti? Regardless, it enhances city living.
I was hoping to dine at Archive (909 Dundas West) flipping through this month's latest design magazines.
Alas 'twas not to be, but they'll see me soon all the same. They're delish.
This graffiti is part of the urban collective. I love how everyone is adding their 'two cents' of wit or grit to this fence near Trinity Bellwoods Park (Home Of The Mystery Flower Heart)
Without a doubt, Torontonians are a creative bunch. I adore Jode Roberts walkableplanets.ca – a community art project “intended to spur curiosity about the scale of our dazzlingly large solar system and create planetary wayfinding signage in public spaces”.
This sign is on Grace Street.
How quintessentially Canadian are these?
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And a heart-felt thanks to my folks for immigrating from England in 1957. Allow me to express my gratitude-times-infinity for coming to this country, and birthing this Canuck!
~ Steven and the urbaneer team