Thursday, June 28, 2012

Laneway Splendour

I have to admit that this view down a laneway gives me a lift and gets me running along to see what can be down there. It's a scene from the industrial past  for this area behind Queen St West which has seen much gentrification. The building on the left now houses a mainstream furnishings store after having been a very grotty live music venue for many years while the building on the right remains an artist studio building for the time being. Probably to become trendy lofts in the future! 

20 comments:

Lowell said...

It looks like an alley that I would take pains to avoid, especially at night! :-) But gentrification should help!

LĂșcia said...

I love when I find hidden alleys like this (if I have my camera with me, of course...)! ;-)

Madge Bloom said...

Alleys can be some of the most interesting places..

Deb said...

Yes it looks ripe for development!

Halcyon said...

It's too bad this neigh hood is going high-end. It has a certain charm now that I think willbe lost.

Sharon said...

There certainly is a lot of potential here!

Paul in Powell River said...

You've given us the left and you've given us the right, but what are those 4 windows at the end? They'd be ripe for gentrification, from the look here.

Sallie (FullTime-Life.com said...

This alleyway really does invite exploration~ those loft condo things are definitely a city phenomonon !

RedPat said...

Paul - that is a type of 4 storey cat walk joining the 2 buildings - a remnant of years ago.

Regina K said...

I do enjoy old areas like this! Wonderful shot!

Jack said...

Well, RedPat, this will probably not shock you, but you can put me in the column that supports reasonable gentrification and development of deteriorated neighborhoods. "Deterioration" is not a term of endearment for me . . .

La Principessa Errante said...

Oh love it, the bricks, the graffiti, looks like a great place to explore.

Randy said...

Excellent shot.

JM said...

Great angle! I'm all for the trendy lofts in a near future.

EG CameraGirl said...

I think this such a great place to take photos!

Wayne said...

I'd like to check it out at night.

Gringo said...

But what about the bit in the middle? Looks like it's hanging in mid air!

vanvouverstreetblog said...

Gentrification is great for the neighborhood but it's the old buildings and alleys that are great to photograph.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

When they turn the block on the right into apartments the furnishing store on the right should do really well hey Pat! Love exploring laneways (in the daylight) you just never know what you'll find!

NixBlog said...

Nice one. Reminds me of some suburban lanes we have here.