July 29, 2016
In rural Ontario this morning, we stopped at a local restaurant and found a Toronto Star open to an article about a unique street in downtown Toronto: Draper Street. You may already know that little street located near Spadina and Front, and if you do, you know what a special place it is. I had the luck to visit it early last month to photograph an adoptable dog, Bishop. Bishop’s foster parents lead the way to Draper Street because it is so picturesque, lined with ‘worker cottages’ and proudly maintained gardens. It’s certainly worth a special trip. You’ll feel transported to another era as the din of the city quiets, and the street scape fades to the 1800’s.
This Star Article describes the two (!) redevelopment projects proposed around Draper Street. Clearly it is important to create a sensitive design.
When I saw the article, I thought, “I know that street.” Then I saw the lead photo (in the print version) where a cat was sleeping on a bench in front of a huge redevelopment sign. I thought, “I know that cat, too!” Now I know his name: Dizzy. This cat followed us as we photographed Bishop. Clearly Dizzy is a star, and it was obvious what had to be done.