BETWEEN TWO TREES

The  changing landscape; two Dickinson Apartments demolished, Mural gone, Peace Garden gone, most of the playscape gone, waterscape gone, road cutting through, Paintbox and Regent Park Arts and Cultural Centre rising. 

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A STREET RUNS THROUGH

In keeping with the  “Garden City” type of planning  by the architects who designed Regent Park in the 1950’s,  its inward facing design separated the residents from the city grid.

The “Garden City”, once a focal point  of the five Dickinson Towers (two have been demolished), is soon to become the street which will connect Gerrard to Shutter. The Peace Garden is gone and the waterscape teeters at the edge of the construction. The remaining trees and playscape will soon vanish.

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LEFT BEHIND

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As I wander through the empty spaces of Regent Park, I wonder about  the relocated families  and where they are living now. Some of the residents are in the new townhouses  I see the smiling  children, faces pressed against the … Continue reading

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THEN, AND NOW

I’ve been in and out of the city for the past few months. An interruption to the daily photographing of the fast-moving demolition in Regent Park. The streets that I walked while photographing are only now apparent  by a few landmarks,  some street signs remain. The demolition equipment is gone, taking with them the houses, the trees. Now  white hording, barren land, housing the cars and trailers of the construction workers. The Paintbox and Arts and Cultural Centre rising,

A good intermediate stage for some comparison shots over the past year. Sutton Street, St David’s Walk and Regent Street.

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LABOUR INTENSIVE

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Kudos to the crews on the Regent Park site, and to all the construction workers who build our cities. When I revisit these images of the construction crew working in the elements, (-27 degrees C , most of February) I … Continue reading

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URBAN FARMING COMING TO REGENT PARK

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As I walked through Regent Park this morning I was excited to see all the community activity. People were out creating  gardens. Busy over turning the grass, mixing the heavy clay soil, with top soil by the bag load, and … Continue reading

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THE GIANT DANCERS….BALLET OF THE MACHINES

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My obsession with demolition is more than documenting the changing urban form,  but also watching the demolition as ballet.   The machine operators have the ability  to choreograph incredibly precise movements with equipment that sometimes extends 14 stories high. The machines … Continue reading

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