‘EMPTY TOWERS IN SEATTLE’ – FROM THE TIMES, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6/2020

<With companies finding that many employees prefer to work from home, the end of the pandemic might not mean the end of remote work. An estimated 90% of Seattle office space is currently vacated due to the pandemic as employees work from home. Maybe TORONTO should take a deep breath.>

PHOTOGRAPHS OF VANCOUVER IN THE 1950’S – BY THE LATE FRED HERZOG

Stuttgart-born FRED HERZOG was a master of colour photography.  After moving to VANCOUVER in 1953, he worked primarily with Kodachrome slide film to create a wonderful archive of that city, as it was in the 1950’s.  His photography is in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada and the Vancouver Art Gallery, and he’s been the subject of numerous books. . . . . .  http://www.equinoxgallery.com

TRUST PARIS TO COME UP WITH A BRILLIANT IDEA – A FLOATING CINEMA ON THE SEINE

PARIS has captured social distancing, temporarily anyway, with a floating movie theatre on Saturday, July 18th. ‘Cinéma sur l’Eau’ (Cinema on the Water) is a creation of Paris Plages (Paris Beaches) with support from Haagen-Dazs and mk2. There’ll be a fleet of 38 electric boats, each holding four to six friends and family members. In addition there’ll be 150 deck chairs on land in the area so the curious can look down on the scene.  The movie – ‘Le Grand Bain’ (The Big Bath) will be a 2018 French comedy/drama about 40-something men who are all on the verge of a mid-life crisis, so they decide to form their local pool’s first synchronized swimming team.

‘NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE’ COVER FOR SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2020 – TEXAS FOOD BANK LINEUP

<ABOVE – Long lines at food banks like this one last month, in a Texas parking lot, have become a symbol of the desperation felt by so many families in the pandemic. Today, as more than 38-million Americans have lost their jobs, the lines of hungry people keep gathering – a spiraling crisis with no end in sight. – New York Times Magazine, May 31/2020>

AS A FAN OF THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART – IT HURTS TO SEE ITS TOTAL DEMOLITION

<IMAGE – LACMA as it once was> Yes, a new project by PETER ZUMTHOR will take its place, but for me, a Canadian and regular visitor, there goes a piece of my heart. My partner and I loved spending most of a day there every time we were in Los Angeles, having lunch, doing all of the galleries, the Japanese Pavilion, and occasionally the garden and nearby TAR PITS.In April, while most workers were home under shelter-in-place orders, demolition crews were tearing down three structures created by LACMA’s modernist architect, WILLIAM PEREIRAi, that were part of the original 1965 plan. Even the museum’s Bing Theater has now been reduced to rubble.It’s all gone. Farewell to an old friend. – From an article by MIMI ZEIGER, deZeen.<LACMA as it is today by MONICA NOUWENS Photography>

WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO ‘THE BIG APPLE’ & ITS PEOPLE – 42ND STREET AS IT ONCE WAS

You’d never recognize the place today.  New York City’s Movieland, 42nd Street, has been cleansed – Disneyfied, gentrified, purified, glamourized, call it what you will.  The seediness is all gone.Chicago artist, MITCH O’CONNELL at – http://www.mitchoconnell.blogspot.ca “Way back in the late 80s, right before 42nd Street was swept clean and purified by Disney goodness, you could still enjoy New York in all its noisy, colourful, rude and vivid glory.”“I wish I had taken 1000 more photos (and gone back at night) of the amazing buildings and people that could only be found there, but at least I got a handful of snapshots of the long gone cool decaying seediness of that bustling stretch of real estate.”