Kitsilano – People – Richard

Sometimes it hard to recognize someone who is industrious. If you walk the Broadway strip in front of Shopper’s Drugs you will meet Richard.

I admit, I passed this man many, many times thinking right – just another street person. Somewhat more tidy than most but, still – a street person.

Richard – the paper guy

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Richard is there to serve rain or shine politely asking if you would like to buy his “street paper.” Richard makes the exchange pleasant with his music player beside him. He always has good jazz to greet you. I think of Joni Mitchell’s song “Plays Real Good for Free” when I pass buy.

Entrepreneur

Richard is a nice man who is ready to engage in conversation about all things street. Take the time to say hello you will be rewarded.

In reality, Richard is an entrepreneur. The paper Richard sells is called Street Corner. Richard buys the papers in advance for 50 cents and then hopes that you will purchase one from him at a slight profit. Any money you give, goes to Richard. He is trying to make a living like you and me. Unlike some Kitsilano characters, Richard offers a value exchange – information from the other side. The paper is topical in addressing issues faced by street people. My issue included poems by Allen Pritchard and Danel Zomparelli. It was a good read.

The Paper

The mission statement of the Street Corner

is to build livelihoods for socially excluded citizens and to break down stereotypes by empowering individuals and informing community.

It is published locally by Horizon Publications.

If you live in Kitsilano, reading Richard’s paper makes you appreciate the sunshine you have.

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Reader Comments:

March 3rd, 2008 at 8:46 am

This is an excellent post Lary. It’s exactly this exchange that will bring me (and others I’m sure) back to your site.

March 3rd, 2008 at 12:40 pm

Duncan,
Thanks for the kudo. As Realtors we are to some extent the eyes and ears of the community.
Taking the time to speak with Richard was worth the small effort to say hello and how are you.

There was an irony in the visit. The local NDP candidate was stumping and all she asked is do you live in the neighbourhood and will you vote for me while shoving her flyer into my hand. Richard is much more interesting and polite.

March 7th, 2008 at 4:22 pm

Hi Larry,

Great article. Excellent example of hyperlocal blogging. More importantly, it speaks volumes about your character, your sense of community and your eye for detail…just the sorts of qualities I’d look for in a Realtor.

March 8th, 2008 at 1:21 am

Carl,
Thanks. Richard is a pretty interesting fellow when you take the time to speak with him. He shares an entirely different perspective of the world.

March 8th, 2008 at 8:30 am

Great post Larry and thanks for introducing us to Richard.

March 8th, 2008 at 9:25 am

Norm,
Having followed your condo/apt crisis in Saskatoon I suspect you will be finding a few people like Richard hanging out on your street corners. Take the time, it’s worth the conversation.

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