Facing Changes in the ‘Hood

In a short walk today around my neighbourhood I discovered that there are now two very large multi-family residential buildings in construction and almost completed. When they are occupied, this area will take on a very different character. 

As the new buildings go up, some of the older stores are closing down. Several small businesses and a bank that were operating last spring are now closed. 

A store that formerly was a grocery store now sells kitchen appliances, and their parking lot mural at the side of the building has changed, too. Now it has a dragon and much darker tones. In their back alley, the building has a very colourful mural that looks as if it has Aztec influence, and a blue dragon. (Blue Dragon mural by Hernandez. Other mural artists not known.)

In the same back alley, behind the dog daycare, is a mural of various kinds of dog. I don’t think many people use this alley, so these are some secret delights for walkers such as myself. (Murals by Ivan T. Gonzales @ITG3000)

The old bicycle store that caught fire a few years ago is still under renovation, but it is now surrounded by a plywood wall covered in a mural telling the story of a King Kong-type cyclops, a damsel in distress, and aliens. (Murals by @ROANVICTOR and @SEANBOYLES38TH)

6 Comments

  1. What treasures you came across! Elaborate and colorful art! Love you sharing these Anne.

  2. Goodness. You weren’t kidding about having found some new murals! These are really wonderful — each so beautiful and unique I’d be hard-pressed to choose a favorite. Thank you for sharing these wonderful discoveries.

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