“After I was done with school in ‘98, I had to move back to Seattle because my visa was up in Canada. I found the last affordable work-live space in Seattle and then, of course, SafeCo Field happened and my roommate and I had to move. So I just said, “Fuck this! This doesn’t look anything like my town.” People who didn’t have connections to the Northwest started coming for dot-comss and Microsoft, which was a drag. And everybody complains about the rain, but it’s like, “Why the fuck did you move here?” The rain is a really beautiful thing about this place—shut the fuck up about it! You’re just here to rape and pillage. Fuck. Off.
But visiting Portland now makes up for how I felt about Seattle, because people there are into what’s cool about the area, rather than moving in with some money-making scheme and then tearing a bunch of shit down. So much good stuff in downtown Seattle is just gone. I saw the same thing happen to Vancouver—now it’s just all glass and metal buildings, and everyone says, “Vancouver’s so beautiful!” But they tore down all the good buildings! It’s beautiful, but where are the human spaces?”—Neko Case (via katerpotater)
I had the opportunity this past Thursday to present my thoughts at the Reach Art Gallery at a PechaKucha event. It was an excellent evening of creative minds coming together to share ideas and projects. I want to share a few images from my presentation that I feel may have provoked and inspired a…
For the last eight years I have defined myself, in part, as front woman for the band Ohbijou. After some commercial and critical success, extensive touring and hundreds of live shows, our band has decided to go on “hiatus”. Though humbled, warmed and inspired by those who listen to the music we…
[Judy Graves, the City of Vancouver’s homelessness advocate] also persuaded authorities to see that homelessness was neither unsolvable, nor an age-old problem that has always been with us. She remembers the 1970s and ’80s in Vancouver, when higher vacancy rates and affordable rooming houses kept many people off the streets.
In the 1990s, however, homelessness became visible, as two trends struck the city at one time. In 1993, the federal government completed its long withdrawal from funding social housing across Canada. Meanwhile, an influx of cocaine fueled an active open drug market in Vancouver’s inner city. By 1997, Vancouver Coastal Health declared a public health emergency in the Downtown Eastside for its HIV-AIDS epidemic and high drug overdose rates.
Today, “we’ve got a whole generation who don’t remember that homelessness is not normal,” Graves says. “Anybody who was born in the late ’80s would have no conscious memory of there simply not being a homelessness crisis.”