Atheism, New Lofts and Probably Gentrification
I went to Toronto this weekend.
On Saturday, Bianca and I planned on going to church. We were staying downtown so getting to church was more or less impossible. This was mainly because traffic is crazy in Toronto but also because we didn’t have our cell phones and also THE CHURCH WASN’T EVEN THERE ANYMORE. It was at the church at this location on google maps so I thought it would be nice but we got there and get this, they are converting the church into lofts. Yes. I couldn’t think of something more hipstery on my best day. Bianca and I walked up and the church was gutted out on the inside. The exterior was still intact though and they hung those “new loft” banners on the outside.
Now, this is objectionable already, but buildings come and go or whatever. Even when they were built in 1913. Even worse was what was written on the banner. In large print there was a line that said in bold font, “PRAISE THE LOFT”.
Objectionable, disrespectful, insensitive, deplorable.
When we noticed it, I was in shock because I didn’t see any signs of anyone being angry with this. There had to be somebody in the community that went to the church that was offended by this. 101 years of existence and it dies in like this. We just stood in front for a few minutes.
There’s something to be said about traditional values, the introduction of new ideals to a community, hipsters, Christianity, and the church on Perth Avenue but that’s for another post. This is the sign of the times though, and it shows a interesting side of worship.
Also, I found this article about it. The comments are sad.