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"Solter(r)a", Keefer Block, Vancouver Chinatown, BC, Canada,

Fotoeins Friday: Vancouver’s “Solter(r)a” in Chinatown

For a few minutes, I kept a watchful eye to see who would pass underneath the scaffolding and the sign. I fired off a flurry of shots, and I’m fortunate to have captured the woman in mid-stride between the two red cones and framed by the metal poles. “Solterra” is a Spanish compound word consisting of “sol” (sun) and “terra” (earth or ground). “Soltera” is the Spanish noun for a single unmarried woman.

The Solterra Group is responsible for the construction of the Keefer Block, here at the northwest corner of Keefer Street and Main Street in Vancouver, Canada. There is concern and consternation about the construction of condominiums. There are questions about how the future of Chinatown will proceed. Redevelopment? Gentrification? Sell land to the highest bidder? Maintain an equitable fraction of social housing, particularly to elderly members of the Chinese-Canadian community who built and resided in one of the oldest neighbourhoods of the city? Is there any respect? Does it matter? Does anyone care?

I made the photo above on 23 August 2014 with the Canon 6D, the EF 50 f/1.4 USM prime-lens, and the following settings: 1/250s, f/16, and ISO400. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at as

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