Walking into the cold wind, fresh from a swim in the new aquatic centre, I trudge through the snow covered streets exploring the new construction. The field at the back of Nelson Mandela Park School, [where I once stood photographing the demolition of the Dickinson Maisonette Towers], is highlighted by the modernist addition.
Some of the playground is still evident and a view of the three Dickinson apartments can be seen from the new street. The construction of the new buildings create a stark contrast to these existing Dickinson Towers. A memorial to 15-year-old Tyson Bailey surrounds a tree infront of one of buildings. I walk back to the area where the Peace Garden once stood, thoughts of memorials and RIP images filtered through a lens.
The blustering wind whips through the buildings and people hurry to their destination. The workers, wrapped in the cold, balance high above the ground.
I stand infront of the empty lot, soon to be the home of the new park on Dundas Street, and hope that by late spring it will be finished, bursting with green.
The Paint Box Bistro is open now. Chris Klugman’s smile and enthusiasm warms the space of the chef’s new enterprise and social experiment. I escape the cold with a cup of cappuccino and order lunch.