From a recent evening wander in Calgary’s Chinatown, with downtown office towers looming nearby.
Now *that’s* different!
It was utterly shocking to turn a corner in Montreal’s Chinatown and see the new University of Montreal hospital complex (Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal) rising high where there used to be only sky. I’ve seen it slowly built on my visits over the years but this is the first time the structure’s seemed so in-your-face.
The building is clearly going to dwarf the entire neighbourhood around it. (For the sake of perspective, I was a bit shy of 500 metres from the building when I snapped this shot.)
There’s a website for the new hospital, en français bien sûr!
Pender. Keefer. Columbia. Main.
Those street names in Vancouver’s Chinatown were oddly familiar to me on my first visit in 2006, even though I’d never been there before.
In a sense, though, I’d already been, thanks to a couple of novels by Canadian author Wayson Choy.
His portrayal of Chinese immigrants’ lives in early part of the last century gave a taste of what the neighbourhood would have been like.
Things are not that way anymore, of course.
But the landmarks and the names are still there.