In fact, it wasn’t all that tough to stand on top of this one particular security gate in the alley on the southeast side of South Granville Street and 10th Avenue.

All I had to do was jump up on top of a foot-foot concrete wall and take a few steps and I was standing on top of rigid panels of expanded sheet steel mesh, looking straight down on a gated concrete stairwell.

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The steel mesh may have kept me out of the stairwell but it couldn’t entirely prevent my shadow from trespassing on the stairs, pushed through the mesh by the bright blazing sun.

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It was an interesting view. There was my shadow, cast knife-sharp on the steel mesh at my feet and again, much smaller and softer, on the concrete steps, maybe eight feet below the mesh.

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