The section of Oxford Terrace between Madras and Manchester is open once more. You can’t go through, just up to the end and back. It felt really strange to walk along this so-familiar path which has been prohibited for more than a year.
Where once the Bourbon Rose and Subway stood, there are now weeds. At least Verkerks’ building has survived.
Poplar Crescent looks just the same.
The Bohemian’s doors are boarded up but the building looks okay. The fact that there’s no fence around it bodes well.
Elsie Locke Park has been mowed, but the prospect for the Centennial Pool is bleak. The drinking fountain on the riverbank opposite is working, suggesting services in the area are okay.
The Edmonds Clocktower has now been fenced and braced. I hope this means it will be preserved.
“It seemed so strange to place my feet
once more upon this well-loved street.”