Nowhere is this fact more apparent than the area outside of the greenbelt, where urban sprawl is an understatement. In my neighbourhood—South Nepean—the amount of development has more than doubled in the 14 years that I've lived here. A couple of years ago, at a community meeting, my city councilor, Jan Harder, said that there isn't a single speck of land that isn't slated for development.
But the neighbourhoods within the greenbelt are not exempt from expansion. Neighbourhoods such as Westboro and Hintonburg are seeing a growth spurt of their own: not growing outwards but growing upwards. Many condominiums are sprouting up and the faces of those areas are changing as old buildings are coming down to make way for new ones.
Walking down Wellington Street last weekend, between Westboro and Hintonburg, I saw old structures slated for demolition and construction of new highrises. And it made me think that some of these old places should be captured before they're gone.
I've never eaten at Napolis Pizza, but I recognized the sign as something I've passed countless times. The building that houses the pizzaria is aged, outdated, and wouldn't be considered of heritage value. And so I wouldn't be surprised if, in the next couple of years, it disappears, replaced by a condo; hopefully, maintaining the eatery.
As neighbourhoods evolve and iconic symbols fall under the risk of disappearing, I hope to make a record of them.
Do you know of a sign or a structure that you think should be preserved in photos before it disappears? Let me know and I'll capture it.