Graffiti Sprawl

Snowman was too little, too late
Snowman was too little, too late
Oh! My beautiful cupboard door!
Oh! My beautiful cupboard door!

During the recent Municipal election campaign, the issue of urban sprawl came up here in Maple Ridge, BC. We are dealing with the problems that have resulted when, some time ago, the District Council approved some developments some distance away from the centre of Maple Ridge.

The developers paid for such things as sidewalks and street-lighting, but the costs of stretching services like sanitary sewers and water so far from the other infrastructure is not covered by the property taxes from the new homes there. Furthermore, residents of these new neighbourhoods complain that they live in incomplete communities and must drive to shops, schools and parks.

Similarly, the graffiti on our bathroom wall is sprawling. What boundaries should we set for this creative outlet and living art project? I was certain it was understood that the carefully painted linen cupboard door was to be kept pristine, much like our local Agricultural Land Reserve, which may not be developed without approval by a Provincial Commission.

One day, the daughter, who is now eight, came home from a party and needed to express her enjoyment of said party. I was upset at first, but now I am okay with it. After all, she does good work and after we  renovate we will be sad to see it all go. That should be soon, right? As soon as we can afford it…

The son did the green at the bottom. The daughter created a dialogue with two kids in Halowe’en costumes
“What are you doing?” asks a faerie
“eating something from my [Hallowe’en] candy” replies the little girl dressed up as a devil
Most candidates agreed Maple Ridge needs to increase density in the downtown core, like this!
Most candidates agreed Maple Ridge needs to increase density in the downtown core, like this!

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James Rowley

James lives in Maple Ridge, BC, Canada with his amazing partner, Leanne Koehn, and their two amazing kids in their beautiful house. He studied Science and English Literature at the University of British Columbia where he met Leanne. He also studied acting for a while at Studio 58 in Vancouver. He works as a teacher of English and curriculum writer for new Canadians.

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