I have the good fortune of living in Victoria, BC, Canada within walking distance of both Cook Street Village and downtown.
The Beagle in Cook St Village serves as a meeting place for the neighbourhood, a role that pubs have always filled.
Irish Times in Bastion Square does the same for people who live in or near the downtown, while also catering to the city’s many visitors.
Having ‘a pub at the hub’ of a community or neighbourhood adds an important social character but also contributes significantly to walkability. If there is anywhere that it’s important to be able to walk home from, surely it’s a drinking establishment. Yet so many bars and lounges are situated in car-centric areas surrounded by parking.
images copyright Nancy Ruhl
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I am a full time artist with studios on Pender Island and in Victoria, BC. I paint primarily in acrylics in bold colours and a simple, undetailed style. When I am in Victoria during the winter, I take a lot of photos of heritage homes and familiar street scenes. Downtown, Fairfield and Ross Bay are my haunts. I use the photos for reference when I adjourn to my studio on Pender. My work is available through Madrona Gallery, 606 View Street Victoria.
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