2017-08-19 Sat

SUFE (Second Use For Everything)

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Until now I have been rescuing the four-gallon water jugs and lopping them off at the shoulders to use a pots for my houseplants. The larger the pot, the more stable the reservoir of moisture. Small pots are a disaster.

I have filled one jug with water and left it on the floor to dissipate its Chlorine and other gases. Now I am ready to pour it gently into my tank.

A second jug will come along next week. I値l use one jug to drain off four gallons while the other jug is acclimatizing.

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Here is 鍍he other jug, being caressed by a breeze that arrives through a window.

The houseplants crowding in to the photo are destined to be re-housed in the next batch of four-gallon water jugs.

Condo Canyon

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Is it really true that Ward27 hosts half the condominium construction in the city?

Month by month blocks of shops get demolished and are replaced with towers 60+storeys high, and the family-owned stores are replaced with a bank or two, a coffee shop chain, and a fast-food chain. We still have retail, but we have too much of the same retail every block.

This photo shows ABC Books, one of my favorite second-hand book shops. It will soon be gone.

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The flood of development raises all boats and taxes in equal measure. A two-storey mom-and-pop business can稚 compete at the taxing rates of a 60-storey condominium.

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And so here you go. Imagine that you had contracted to rent your apartment at $1,500 per month and two years later you find that you are paying $3,100, one hundred being your rent increase and fifteen hundred being the council rates, passed on to you by your friendly landlord.