11/27 Show Some Shack Pride

Shack in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada

Shack in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada

Amongst other award-winning community dislocation initiatives, the Harbour Plan suggests that existing Woodyard shacks – Yellowknife’s historic small habitation community and, according to the Globe and Mail, “arguably the quirkiest neighbourhood in Canada” – be progressively shuttered and the neighbourhood be turned into “medium density” shack-like boutiques alongside a generic, sanitized boardwalk: the perfect spot to get a I Heart YK shirt while enjoying your stroll in this super-expensive-to-get-to and now character-gutted northern town.

In EDGEYK’s own words: “It’s the kind of gentrified scene that makes tourism officials salivate”.

In times where alternative lifestyle is a million dollar buzz-phrase, Yellowknife is blessed with its own historic, genuine shacktown – and the consultants’ vision seems to be: tear it down to make room for visitors’ facilities?

Read more – http://edgeyk.com/article/show-some-shack-pride/

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Elaine Walker