Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Countercartography Response to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games

A "loose collective of artists, geographers, writers, and activists" has contacted Geographic Travels about their response to/against the public perception of Vancouver and the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Their website, Vancouver [de]Tour Guide, is a Google Maps mashup with locations discussing the history, art culture, social activism, and thoughts about the Olympics and Vancouver in general.

There is an overriding anti-Olympic feeling to many but not all the posts. Some of the feeling is definitely understandable. During every Olympics there are stories of housing and cultural sites being demolished for sports facilities or funding being shifted away from local interests. Those map locations that are not anti-Olympics do give a feeling of the rich Canadian heritage all the way back to the various Indian, First Peoples, tribes that lived along the bay.

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