Homeless in Vancouver: The living colour of the Fairmont Apartments

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      On the marvelously warm and sunny afternoon of October 26 I couldn’t ride by the Fairmont Apartments at 2570 Spruce Street without pausing to admire and photograph the colourful spectacle of reddening ivy.

      It could be seen spreading up the west and south stucco faces of the building.

      You’d think a 90-year-old would be less prone to blushing

      Actually, I frequently ride past this 90-year-old, three-storey walkup, which has been located on the northeast corner of the intersection of Spruce Street and West 10th Avenue, since 1927.

      A panoramic view of the West 10th Avenue side. (There is really only one condo in the background.)
      Stanley Q. Woodvine

      That fact may help explain why this is my third or fourth post about the building—and the second, specifically about its ivy.

      You know what they say: “familiarity breeds content.” 

      Flurries of saffron-coloured leaves could be seen falling on the Spruce Street side—except when I was taking a photo.
      Stanley Q. Woodvine
      Stanley Q. Woodvine is a homeless resident of Vancouver who has worked in the past as an illustrator, graphic designer, and writer. Follow Stanley on Twitter at @sqwabb.

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