Come one, come all — but leave your cellphone at the door.
That's essentially the motto for Our Generation: Open House & Living Shrine to the '70s, a new public space and social experiment in Vancouver.
Created by 54-year-old David Beattie and hosted in his East Vancouver home, Our Generation is about connecting people back to, well, people.
On his Meetup profile, Beattie says he is "fed up with near-universal cellphone and digital addiction. It's a major part of why Metro Vancouver suffers a plague of social isolation."
So he created Our Generation, a public space and homage to the 1970s. The space, located at 5123 Aberdeen St., is open to Vancouverites from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day.
The experiment's Meetup page invites you to "come and hang out, have tea or coffee, listen to LP records from the '70s and earlier, and socialize without interruption from BLUEFACE - the light of devices on your face."
Beattie told The Province that most of the people (20 to 30 of them) who have dropped by so far have been around his age, but that he would like to see younger adults and teens come check it out.
“If they actually put that device away, they might find it interesting,” he said.
Check out some photos from inside Our Generation:
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