Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Pics: O'Bryant Square

after the rain, o'bryant square

iris bud, o'bryant square


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Since I'm on a deadline and don't have a lot of free time at the moment, I thought I'd raid the archives again. So here are a few old photos from downtown's much-maligned O'Bryant Square.

You might notice that almost all of the photos are of flowers. Hey, that's what I had in the archives. I don't have time right now to go take a new batch of photos, or do research for a "comprehensive" post about the place. I just don't.

Shadows, UBC Tower

People seem to think of O'Bryant Square as a miniature no-go zone, full of homeless people, criminals, and junkies. In reality, there are about as many homeless there as anywhere else around downtown. And I've never seen people shooting up, or shooting each other, in all the times I've been by there. It may still happen, I guess, but I've never seen it. So I imagine it can't be as common as local mythology would suggest. The "needle park" thing may have been more true 15 years ago than it is now.

daylily, o'bryant square

Anyway, they're planning to totally redo the place in a few years, assuming they find the money. Which is fine, I guess. It's pretty much a generic brick plaza as it is now. They don't even run the park's "Fountain for a Rose" fountain anymore. Which is a real shame, as it's kind of a cool fountain. I'd happily do a fountain post about it, if only it was operating. So my wish list for the overhaul has exactly one item on it: Either keep the fountain like it is now, or move it somewhere else that has a bit more visibility.

irises, o'bryant square

autumn, o'bryant square

irises, o'bryant square

blue, o'bryant square

irises, o'bryant square

autumn, o'bryant square

irises, o'bryant square

rain & irises, o'bryant square

flowers, o'bryant square

after the rain, o'bryant square

irises, o'bryant square

after the rain, o'bryant square

daffodil, o'bryant square

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