HALIFAX – It’s been almost a year since I first started thinking about payphones.
Back then I spoke with an urban planner who was working on a redesign for a major downtown Halifax street; he casually mentioned that they might not be including payphones in their new plans. While they ultimately decided against this idea, I was shocked to think that we, as a city and a society, were at such a point.
Now that cellphones permeate our culture, what role does the public payphone play in 21st century Canada? What does it mean for our city when phone companies begin taking away payphones or leaving them vandalized or in an unusable condition? And who is most affected by these choices?
While out taking photos for this article, I was approached by a passer-by asking if I was documenting “the demise of the payphone.” I guess I am.