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I have been sitting on a huge pile of images that I shot inside the historic Walker Power Building in Walkerville, Ontario about one year ago.  I have been conflicted as I go through them.  I like things to be pretty, beautiful, strikingly significant and this is why I brought in Photoshop to help me work with them a bit.  I still haven’t gone through all of them, but it is my intention, over the next little while to post a few of them, a little bit at a time.

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Touring the interior of this building made me sad.  In my opinion the building is structurally sound.  My understanding is that tenants put up their own walls, creating their work spaces without regard for any codes that the building/fire department would require.  When the building was closed, many tenants left ugly remnants/broken furniture pieces, etc. behind them.  This feels disrespectful to the magnificence of this imposing structure.

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Motor on top floor formerly used to power the elevator

Motor on top floor formerly used to power the elevator

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I would like the building to stay, not be torn down.  The building is for sale, but so far, no takers.

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As I indicated earlier, more photos will come – this is my first offering.

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May 2, 2009 and Jane’s Walk

by lulujane on May 2, 2009

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Today was special for more reasons than one.  First of all, it is my eldest sister’s birthday.  And, I got to spend time with one of my younger sisters.  I picked her up at 7:45 a.m.  before we sped off to take in a couple of church yard sales.  We found some great deals before heading off to our 10 a.m. appointment to bottle some Cabernet Sauvignon.  After dropping her off, and fire brigade style moving her huge amount of ‘stuff’ into her basement, I headed to Taloolah’s Cafe on Devonshire Road to meet up with an enthusiastic group of people to do a walking tour of part of Olde Walkerville.  My son Tom and my daughter-in-law Jhoan were among the adventurers who showed up to explore this historic neighbourhood.

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The gathering came together to honour Jane’s Walk.  On the Scaledown website http://www.scaledown.ca/2009/05/01/windsors-janes-walk-tomorrow is a detailed explanation of the who and why of people showing up for Jane’s Walks to enjoy, appreciate and learn more about their local communities.

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For me, the walk was as much about the people as it was about the history.

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Many of us showed up with comfortably worn cameras, each of us interpreting the day in our own way.

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Following the walk, back at Taloolah I lunched with Tom and Jho where I found myself on a winding pathway of  lively, enthusiastic and sometimes serious communicating. I made a couple of new friends.

On the drive home, like it had a mind of its own,  my car skidded to a stop as it swerved into the left turn lane and then drove down the sloped driveway to the parking lot at Reaume Park.  Here, I breathed in and tasted the delicious sights of some wonderful spring flowers.  I took my time.

I think anyone would agree that today was a very special day indeed.

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