Mapping C7 is a photographic exploration into the use of space in down town Abbotsford, BC, also know as the C7 zoning area. This historical centre has a rich history of spatial relations, as well as political and social tensions expressed through territorial claims. In the down town core, old and new mingle under temporal spaces, economic strategies and social practices.
Often, in familiar public spaces, we rarely consider our encounters with restricted areas in the form of hedges, signs and fences. We are so accustomed to following regulated pathways that we don't consider how it shapes our journey, and our visual perception of space. Carefully controlled spaces and the rejection of such norms, plays a role in how we perceive our community and engage.
Riding My Bike Around the Edges of C7
The start of my journey around the edges of C7 started on Pauline Street, north of Essendene and Jubliee Park. Jubilee Park is a place packed with history and political discourse between the Downtown Business Association and homeless residents. Each claiming a right to control the use of public space. On the park grounds is the old library, an historic building, empty since 2013 and a place where many homeless find shelter in the doorways. Around the parameters of Jubilee Park is McCallum Rd, the Abbotsford Lawn Bowling Club and a large parking lot that serves people doing business in the area.