I went on campus yesterday for the first time in a month, and took a few minutes to check just how empty the Knowles Douglas/Student Union complex was. No lights were on; it was all lit, softly, by the sun.
Above is the corridor that connects the Student Union building to the KD space, where the bookstore and the coffee shop are. Below is a view of the closed coffee shop.
And, as a bonus, today I saw a robin in the yard. I snapped a few photos at a high zoom through the screen and window. I think the lines of the screen contribute to the slightly surreal look of the photo.
Photos from today’s bike ride: the once and perhaps future Eleanor Kidd gardens, and the weir on the river near First Street.
There’s some evidence that the city (or someone) has plans to renovate the gardens—there’s a rough road alongside the space, where before there was nothing, and some dirt piles nearby. I mostly hope something gets done. It was a lovely space, back when it was cared for. I went to a wedding there, and it was full of flowers of all colours and scents.
(The part of me that finds beauty in decay likes it how it is. Well, except maybe for the spray-painted penis on one of the pillars.)
For a while now I’ve wondered just how necessary it is for me to be on campus. I live about five minutes’ walking distance away; when I bike to work, it takes about as long to lock up my bike and walk to my office as it does for me to get to the University.