“How fleeting are all human passions compared with the massive continuity of ducks.” Dorothy L. Sayers.
Olympic Village, located in Southeast False Creek, is one of the greenest communities in the world, making Vancouver a leader in sustainable development. Olympic Village, as its name implies, was originally designed to house the athletes and officials of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. It has now come to be an vibrant mixed-use community that uses sustainability systems such as solar heating and green roofs, a nod to Vancouver “Greenest City” targets.
Olympic Village is a community with approximately 1,100 residential homes. There are parks (including a dog park), restaurants, grocery stores, pharmacy and a plaza that features Myfanwy MacLeod’s outdoor sculptures, “Birds” depicting house sparrows. The 18 foot (5.5 metres) presence of these two sparrows reminded me that humans are not the only creatures that create communities.
Join Don and me on our walk in Olympic Village and meet our Mallard friends who were busy finding a place to call home. Watching them check out one location and then another confirmed that there was an active decision-making event occurring. Choosing a place to call home is something that unites all creatures that share this world.
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