I felt I had to do a short update with some positive news.
Hundreds of people have decended on Granville, Georgia and Robson street today loaded with mops, brooms, garbage bags and Brillo pads. They have scraped, scrubbed, swept and picked up after the idiocy that was last night. I don't think I have ever seen the area cleaner.
Thousands of others have left written messages on the wooden boards still covering The Bay, Sears, Starbucks and various other store windows. The messages are of condemnation of the behaviour and pride in the city. There are even a group of girls standing on the corner giving free hugs to passerby (oddly, a long line of men are waiting).
And finally, skinny white rapper boy is back. I guess he figured we needed to smile and indeed, he certainly made me smile. In fact, he made me laugh out loud. He was just rapping about what a bad ass he was but Superman could clean his clock. What's not to laugh about that? Two little boys most likely about 3 years old, were dancing in the street (while dad waited in line for his free hug).
All the stores, except The Bay, are open again but there is a bit of a subdued feeling that may take awhile to dissipate.
Well, just wanted to updated the good news.