I traveled down South Warren Street not really knowing where I was heading. It wasn’t so bad; the activity on the streets distracted me from the cold. Small burst of sunshine reminded me that not everything has frozen over.
I ventured into the new Tim Horton’s on the corner of South Salina and West Fayette. Comforted by a hot chocolate, I had a seat in the window and watched the world go by.
A year ago this wouldn’t be possible. This corner was a neglected piece of prime downtown real estate. A place you walk through and try to forget, or a place you skirt around to avoid being asked for money or whistled at.
Today’s experience was much different. Suddenly I found myself enjoying the view. A young guy walking his dog (a puppy, I might add), business suits, construction workers, lunch dates, and others just like me, looking for some fresh air and a feeling of renewal.
I haven’t felt the bustle of a city quite this way since I was in DC. Armory Square and Hanover Square have their vibrant qualities, but they feel slightly secluded. Maybe it is the traffic or the unruliness (is that a word?) that gives you the gritty downtown feeling, I am not sure. Regardless, I am content to be able to enjoy a hot drink on a cold day in a re-surging city.
Sometimes you have to lace up your shoes, open your eyes and rediscover what you didn’t know you already had.