Riding off into the Sarnia sunset last summer on Bike Tour #1.
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We’ve seen this housing development in Marysville, Michigan several times from the Sarnia side of the St Clair River, which shows the backside of a condo complex that flanks a major coal processing site; from the Canadian side one might think that its stylish worker’s housing, given the proximity of the residential and industrial sites.
But when we drove over to the other side, it became apparent that this development has nothing to do with the coal processing site. The development is ironically called Crystal Village, a name that would seem to disavow any connection to its surroundings: the alarmingly homogeneous condo development seems to try to cover up its proximity to the surrounding industrial complexes with walled gardens at the end of each cul-de-sac, but the predominant backdrop is clearly visible upon entering.
The Last House on Christina Street: This is 552 Christina Street South, the last house on Christina Street before entering the valley. There’s actually one more building on the street, a boarded-up, two story brick building that looks like it used to be a pub. This part of town seems to be a kind of border zone between the residential and industrial parts of Sarnia. A sign directly across the street gives directions for an emergency route to leave the city.
Neighbors: In the heart of Chemical Valley there is a Chippewa cemetery directly across from Dow Chemical’s former premises. The site is also surrounded by one of Enbridge’s refineries. The eerie juxtaposition of the burial ground with the high pitched, ethereal drone of the neighboring refinery makes this one of the most haunting venues in the region.