This is a store near my workplace, on Graville Street. It was looted clean last night by rioters. I can't quite remember what it merchandise it contained the day before, even though I walk past it a few times a week. Luggage, maybe? Shoes?
The Vancouver Sun has many more photos of our looted shopping district here.
I wonder: when people wear the merchandise stolen from the Bay, H&M, and other downtown stores, are they going to look at themselves and remember how they obtained these clothes? Will that be a happy memory or a shameful one? Memories permeate all my favourite clothes. I don't think I could wear something that I knew had been stolen in this way.
What is it that makes people decide to set their own city on fire? How many of the looters were even from Vancouver? Why do we feel that things that happen downtown are fair game, somehow, even though lots of people live and work here? People are alienated from our downtown core. It's not a personal place, and many people don't feel attached to it.
The large bookstore, Chapters, had its windows smashed, but it doesn't look like any books were taken. That is not a joke.