A Smartphone Tour of the Back Alleys of Vancouver

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One of the first things I noticed after moving to Vancouver was the city’s back alleys.  Nearly every block is dissected by a secret little service road filled with dumpsters, loading docks and back entrances.   The alleys are picturesque without being pretty, a bit dirty and dark and strangely fascinating:  a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the inner workings of the city.

Well, it turns out that I’m not the only one fascinated with Vancouver’s alley ways.  Local contemporary artist Ron Tran has developed a self-guided smartphone tour of some of the city’s alleys.  The tour, called A Way to Go, is run in conjunction with downtown’s Contemporary Art Gallery.  It’s been going on all month and is now in its final week.  I just wish I had found out sooner because it sounds like a great idea.

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A Smartphone Tour of the Back Alleys of Vancouver