For the second time in a month I was out of commission. This time it wasn’t for a stomach bug, but rather a head cold. I was home resting up and got a call from Matt. He asked me to go for a drive to Brigus to shoot Targa, he then convinced me that resting in a car with the heat on was the same as resting at home, so off we went around noon to Brigus; I in a blanket, haha.
We saw some amazing action. After waiting in the warm car for three hours, suddenly the roar of modified engines and the smell of jet fuel were in the air. Many drivers took their time going over this bridge, but team Subaru were launching off it. A few other cars were lifting off, but not like these folks. I love this picture, it’s exactly what I set out for when Matt convinced me his car was a good place to try and get better.
Any time from 4-5:30 Kenmount Road is under gridlock. Someone had the foresight of building the provinces largest hospital, the largest college campus in NL, the Confederation Building, and the biggest university in Atlantic Canada all within 2 kilometres of each other. My rough guess is 30,000 people coming and going at about the same time.
Neither building more roads nor adding parking will fix the problem. We need to move away from our car culture and adopt mass transit. Other cities have gotten it right, why can’t St. John’s? Transit in the city clearly isn’t working, but rather than fixing our City Council is more worried about the dollars and sense of it.
With many of the commuters coming into Town from the rest of the Avalon, the provincial government has a huge role to play as well. But until all levels of government work together the situation will only get worse.
Normally a 30 minute drive, getting to MUN from parts of CBS now takes 90. WTF?
Car photography attempt number two! I worked today so I had to try and focus on cars light up well at night, so I naturally went to car dealerships on the car strip that is Kenmount road. Janet and I counted last night and there are 23 places on Kenmount road to purchase cars between dealerships and used car lots. I went to BMW merely because they were lit up the most, and it’s BMW! I felt shady creeping around the parking lot at night, but nobody asked questions so it’s all good.
Overall I am happier with this picture than last night. I went for a more grainy look again, as it seems to fit well with these type of photos. I look forward to more photos this week!