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Okay, for the sake of my personal equilibrium, I refuse to succumb to further ranting about evil politicians. Instead, I will look to some good ones. We lost a great one the other day - Jim Green, a Vancouver politician who was behind some of the positive change in Vancouver over the last thirty or so years, died on Tuesday. David Beers writes about his last conversation with Jim over at The Tyee.
I especially like what he says about texture:
Take that story of BladeRunners' evolution, lay it next to the saga of Woodward's, and of Jim Green's founding of the Downtown Eastside Residents Association, and of his founding of a bank to serve low income people, and his founding of United We Can, and his role in founding the Portland Hotel Society, and the many examples of Green's support of the arts, including, for example, his helping to bring opera singing to Blood Alley. You really do have to marvel at the breadth of Green's initiatives. Other than Woodward's, none are the sort that grasp for attention along the city's skyline. Rather, they attend to the finer grained textures of Vancouver -- textures social and cultural, textures felt and inhabited at street level. On the phone, Green remembered another project he was particularly happy about -- his effort to have manhole covers in the city crafted by artists. Thousands of cast iron disks textured with bubbles, tadpoles and frogs are being produced. Cities lacking texture, Green understood, are barren of serendipitous delight.