King Edward Street.
King Edward Street.
I’ve always liked this block at Notre Dame and Ellen in West Alexander. A little worn down perhaps, but it’s a good stretch of well-used buildings. From the top: Notre Dame Plaza, 296 Notre Dame, and 392 Note Dame.
A lovely morning on King Street, from back in early September.
Some crisp early morning light in Downtown Winnipeg. First, the Patterson GlobalFoods Institute (William Avenue), followed by The Bathgate Block (Princes Street).
Beliveau Road, St. Vital.
Ah, life at Portage and Main, the barricaded heart of the city. In the first shot, a young couple—likely tourists—try to cross the intersection, perhaps unaware of the underground concourse. Meanwhile, in the second photo, a squeegee guy proves that where there’s a will there’s a way.
It’s been a while, but I’m pretty sure I’ve ranted on this website about how embarrassing the barricades at Portage and Main are. They’re a relic of 1960s city planning that puts the automobile before the human being, turning the intersection into a makeshift freeway designed to usher people through downtown rather than bring them to—and keep them—downtown. They’re a giant fuck-you to pedestrians, forcing people underground like Morlocks, down dark and cavernous stairways into a rat’s maze of sickening 1970s oranges and browns. In the process, they ensure that life above ground ceases to exist, deadening not just the intersection itself, but its surroundings as well.
But now that the city’s newest mayor has been sworn into office, all of this may change. One of Brian Bowman’s campaign promises was to ensure that the intersection would once again open to pedestrians when the contract to keep it closed expires in 2019. If this is going to happen, planning for that day has to start now—a new design isn’t rocket science, but these things do take time. Bowman’s actions in the coming months on Portage and Main will be quite telling. Will he provide the change at city hall that his campaign promised? If planning for a new Portage and Main begins soon, then perhaps he will.
Portage Avenue. I’m glad to see that this has turned into a pretty interesting little strip; I don’t recall there being anything of interest in it when I lived nearby around five years ago. Now, between Jonnies and Cafe Ce Soir, it’s got at least two legitimate go-to spots.
Here are a couple of photos taken from the condo on Wellington at Cockburn. The first one is looking southeast towards a cluster of mid-rises on south Osbourne, and the second one shows the MTS building on Corydon with Pembina Highway in the distance.
Here’s a series of views from the Slaw Rebchuk Bridge, taken on a gorgeous afternoon back in early September.
The mysterious Latino Garage on Sherman Street.
A few more from West Alexander including a couple from 860 Logan and one from Magic Thailand Restaurant—a pretty decent little restaurant, also on Logan.
A few from West Alexander today. From the top: A lone man takes a stroll down Logan Avenue; Superior Brake and Clutch, also on Logan Avenue; and a look at the corner of Logan and Lulu.
In other news, I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Brian Bowman on his (stunning) victory last night. He ran an amazing campaign—let’s hope some of that energy and spirit makes its way into City Hall.
Notre Dame and Isabel.
More shots from the South Portage area of Downtown (specifically Donald Street). From the top: City Place/MPI loading zone; a couple of shots looking east from in between two buildings whose names I can’t remember the names of; Crosstown Civic Credit Union; and finally, 185 Donald—a lonesome remnant from when South Portage was primarily a residential area.
When my mom and I went downtown when I was a kid, I always hoped she’d park in the City Place (Eaton Place back then) parkade. Other than the two weeks a year that the Red River Ex was operational, the parkade was the closest thing to a roller coaster ride there was.
I liked this place back then, and I like it now. Architecturally, the spiral designs (there are a couple others around) are among the most interesting parkades in the city. Have you seen the new one going up at Hargrave and Ellice? Compared to that hulking monstrosity, the City Place parkade is a masterpiece.