They’re standing outside the Albert’s Restaurant at Bonnie Doon mall. It’s an assemblage of mid south siders in various stages of their lives. The guy in the cheap suit and the running shoes catches my eye instantly. His wardrobe one step away from the Sally Ann, he looks like he’s on a permanent bender. At first I imagine him to be a sales schlep in the mall but after a bit of rumination, I’m not so sure. Too trashy – even for a mall as square as Bonnie Doon.
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Podcast Episode #2 • September 25, 2007 • 03:15
StreetRag ::: An Urban Podcast
StreetRag is an urban weblog and podcast about the city of Edmonton, which is located in the province of Alberta, Canada. It is authored by Edmonton-based writer, web advocate, and poet Michael Gravel and is updated frequently with written urban vignettes, amateurish photographs, deuteronomous audio material, barely coherent musings and rambling ecumenical treatises. StreetRag is a love letter to a lonely prairie burg struggling with its big city ambitions and small-town feel.
The city is Edmonton. It's a subject, not a passion. E-Town is almost universally derided by outsiders as an unlivable tundra wasteland populated by oil-hungry redneck conservatives who despise the arts. All of that is true. But it's not the whole story. There is beauty here. Dusty snowfalls. Brilliant summers. A stunning river valley. A diverse arts community that flourishes. It's a place that inspires a gray relationship - not all good, not all shitty. For that reason alone it is lovable, for what is life but a grayscale?