Welcome to Windsor Visuals. If this is your first time here, I hope that you are in for a special treat. For returning and daily readers, I want to extend my thanks for your readership and appreciation for this pictorial adventure!
As the primary author of this blog, I thought a little post describing what we’re all about here is fitting, especially with the skyrocketing numbers of readers now that Windsor Visuals is using WordPress.org.
So what is Windsor Visuals? You could call it a blog. You could call it a community. I like to think that it’s an thoroughfare for expressing what Windsor is to all of us. Windsor is our home. Windsor is our city, regardless of flaws, disputes, disconnection or depression. What we have here is a city that is often overlooked or disregarded for its placement south of Toronto, or “south of the importance” in Ontario, a city scorned for its attitudes on the world stage, or referenced as a place to call home that’s not as friendly as ‘the one around the corner’.
I love this city.
Like any other city, we have our beauty. We have events, we have news, we have unique entertainment and intelligent forces at work for the betterment of our community. With a single daily newspaper, two television stations and a handful of radio stations, we’re constantly underrepresented. I keep hearing that we as citizens are constantly desiring more! There is much talk about a craving for hyper-local news: an extension of the common curiosity for whats happening down the block. You’ve stumbled on a site that’s focused on just this!
There are ruminations about citizen journalism (i.e. “blogging”) out there; most of the time it’s discredited as not being official enough. At one time, a Windsor City Councillor suggested that we ‘bloggers’ devote our time to charity. Being at the forefront of bringing small reports of daily news to this community, I think that’s a perfect example of charity!
Windsor Visuals is a daily photoblog devoted to news, events, politics, history, civic life, and just about anything photographic you can think of.
I was interviewed yesterday for an article in the Windsor Star by an excellent reporter named Frances Willick. The resulting article is one about the Google Street View Car I spotted the other day. Frances wrote a fantastic article, but I want to include that despite the strike by City Workers, there are many many areas of Windsor that can be beautifully photographed from the streets. Optimistically, we are about to be displayed visually through one of the Internet’s most powerful extensions.
Nevermind a few scattered parks with overgrown vegetation, or litter and trash in the most unusual areas, Windsor is a beautiful city in every regard. I’m sure that Google Viewers will be delighted to virtually tour a city so culturally diverse, so full of fascinating architecture, and so uniquely gorgeous for a Canadian city south of the United States.
I love this city, and I hope you do too.
- Owen Wolter
author of Windsor Visuals