Til Ya Drop

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Fake Signs

Panos 2013: “a collaborative project that takes the work of artists from around the world, in the form of fake road signs, and turns the streets of Lyon, France into an enormous gallery without walls.” Hmm. Sounds vaguely familiar. Maybe that’s because it seems to draw from the same way of thinking about cities as […]

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Ten Minutes in a Tunnel

I normally despise anything that forces pedestrians to go out of their way for the sake of motorized traffic. But since Hong Kong is such a crowded, multi-layered city, it feels less of a hassle to walk up to a footbridge or duck into a tunnel to cross the street.

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Halal Meat on Haiphong Road

By Hong Kong standards, the wetmarket on Haiphong Road is pretty bare-bones. It’s small, with no more than twenty vendors, and it’s housed in an awfully makeshift structure that sits under and around a highway overpass. (Indeed, it’s officially known as a “temporary market,” although it doesn’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon.) Step […]

Haiphong Road

Haiphong Road, which runs between Canton Road and Nathan Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, is one of my favourite streets in Hong Kong. On one side, the relentless bustle of a typical TST street; on the other, a row of giant, timeless banyan trees.

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In the Neighbourhood

Buying fruit on Electric Road in North Point Moving to another city halfway around the world requires a few adjustments. You need to get used to a new language, new scenery, new ways of perceiving and doing things. Some level of homesickness is inevitable. While some overseas Canadians miss Twizzlers and Coffee Crisp, though, what […]

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Chess, Mahjong and Pi

My friends always swore by Café Pi. I never really shared their opinion (its food isn’t great and neither is its coffee) but I could at least appreciate it, since Pi’s customers are an odd mix of students and chess players, all of whom pack into the café’s jarring red-and-black confines until they are kicked […]

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Paul Tomkowicz, Switchman

I always wonder about the street cleaners I see around Hong Kong, small and weathered by sun and age, who sweep the pavement with coarse straw brooms. Their wide-rimmed hats, like the kind traditionally seen on Tanka “boat people,” seem oddly anachronistic next to their reflective safety vests and surgical masks. Who are they? Where […]

Dozing Off in Odd Places

Hong Kong is a hard-working city. You can tell as much by looking at the numbers: people here work an average of 47 hours per week, which is about ten hours more than people in Canada and twelve hours more than many people in France. What that means in real terms is that Hong Kong […]

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Shopping Places, Then and Now

The Galéries Lafayette in Paris still is a gorgeous retail space As with so many things having to do with taste in the 19th century, the French generally get the credit for inventing the department store: the Parisian pioneer Au bon marché adopted the formula in 1852, just at the beginning of the massive transformation […]

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Step Seat

Coffee break next to the Central-Mid Levels Escalator, Hong Kong

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Redeeming the Vancouver Special

A block of Vancouver Specials. Photo by Jason Vanderhill It usually takes a generation or two for maligned building styles to win new appreciation — or even any sort of appreciation at all. That’s certainly the case with the Vancouver Special, a ubiquitous type of house that has long been considered an eyesore for its […]

Bus Window

Montreal Toronto Hong Kong

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Buying Seafood in Sai Kung

In most of Hong Kong, buying fish for dinner involves a trip to the neighbourhood wet market, or maybe to the seafood aisle in a slightly more sanitary supermarket. But in Sai Kung, an old fishing port in the midst of one of Hong Kong’s more verdant corners, many head straight for the source: the […]

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