Today we tried to organize the many interviews we have taken in, and make a plan for the week to come. How will we listen to over 70 hours of tape before we leave London next week?! And the interviewing isn’t over yet! London has so many downtown stories, and as always - there are so many sides to each story. But alas, that is where creativity comes to play, and artful decisions will rule the day, as we make something beautiful from what the people say…. That rhymes, non?! In the midst of the organizing of tracks and tapes and papers and plans, I skipped off to meet with Dr. Barbara Lendt who had an office in downtown for many years where she delivered babies and promoted health. Barbara painted a picture of downtown from the perspective of a Torontonian who came over 30 years ago, just for a short time, but was drawn in. Above and beyond the insight this interview provided, I loved hearing Barbara’s love for the downtown store Novak’s – that’s one for the story map for sure!
The weekend has come. And my friend Jo from London, England is getting off the via rail train tonight to visit us here in London Ontario!! I can’t wait to show the downtown off and take her out Londonlicious! (I wonder if Jo will feel more at home here with The Covent Garden Market and the forks of the Thames nearby…)