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Bank of Montreal (Portage and Main).

Bank of Montreal (Portage and Main).

Canada Building (Donald Street).

Canada Building (Donald Street).

Notre Dame and Arthur.

Notre Dame and Arthur.

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Portage and Main (northeast corner).

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Portage and Main (southeast corner).

Nutty Club (Portage Avenue East)/Argyle Building (Garry Street).

Nutty Club (Portage Avenue East)/Argyle Building (Garry Street).

Notre Dame and Princess.

Notre Dame and Princess.

Gravel lot (Notre Dame Avenue).

Gravel lot (Notre Dame Avenue).

Notre Dame Avenue.

Notre Dame Avenue.

Towne Cinem (Notre Dame Avenue).

Towne Cinem (Notre Dame Avenue).

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Esplanade Riel (The Forks).

Belgian Club (Provencher Blvd.).

Belgian Club (Provencher Blvd.).

Belgian Club (Provencher Blvd.).

Belgian Club (Provencher Blvd.).

Belgian Club (Provencher Blvd.).

Belgian Club (Provencher Blvd.).

Central Grain (as seen from behind Provencher Blvd.).

Central Grain (as seen from behind Provencher Blvd.).

Aurele

Aurele’s Hairstyling (Provencher Blvd.).

Boulangerie (Tissot Street).

Boulangerie (Tissot Street).

Nicolett Inn (Rue Lafleche).

Nicolett Inn (Rue Lafleche).

Nicolett Inn (Rue Lafleche).

Nicolett Inn (Rue Lafleche).

Centra Convenience Store (Provencher Blvd.).

Centra Convenience Store (Provencher Blvd.).

Concorde Apartments (Provencher Blvd.).

Concorde Apartments (Provencher Blvd.).

Seine River Parkway (near where Provencher crosses the Seine River).

Seine River Parkway (near where Provencher crosses the Seine River).

Seine River Parkway (near where Provencher crosses the Seine River).

Seine River Parkway (near where Provencher crosses the Seine River).

Seine River Parkway (St. Boniface).

CMHR (as seen from St. Boniface).

CMHR (as seen from St. Boniface).

Main and Graham.

Main and Graham.

Main and Graham.

Main and Graham.

Main and Graham.

Main and Graham.

Main and Graham.

Main and Graham.

Main and Graham.

Main and Graham.

Main and Graham.

Main and Graham.

The leveling of the southwest corner of Portage and Main (almost entire block really, from Portage to Graham) in the late 1970s is one of the great tragedies in Winnipeg’s history. It’s hard not to blame the city allowing it though; the promise of not one but two sexy new skyscrapers was hard to resist. What better way of fast-tracking Winnipeg into the 21st century?

When only one of the proposed towers materialized, Main Street was left scarred, and as today’s photos demonstrate,  Main and Graham became a decades-long dead zone.

There is good news though, as it looks like this wrong will soon be righted. A new proposal for the corner looks promising and may finally bring life back to the once great corner.

Flying Saucer Condo Building (Heaton Avenue).

Flying Saucer Condo Building (Heaton Avenue).

Great West Electric (Elgin and Bertha).

Great West Electric (Elgin and Bertha).

Confederation Building (Main Street).

Confederation Building (Main Street).

Between James and Elgin.

Between James and Elgin.

Lily and Alexander.

Lily and Alexander.

No Parking (Lombard Avenue).

No Parking (Lombard Avenue).

Oldsmobile (Ship Street).

Oldsmobile (Ship Street).

Argyle and George,

Argyle and George,

Great West Metal (Waterfront and Alexander).

Great West Metal (Waterfront and Alexander).

Great West Metal (Waterfront and Alexander).

Great West Metal (Waterfront and Alexander).

Heaton Avenue.

Heaton Avenue.

Rorie and Bannatyne.

Rorie and Bannatyne.

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (Waterfront Drive).

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (Waterfront Drive).

Grain Exchange (Lombard Avenue).

Grain Exchange (Lombard Avenue).

John Hirsch Place.

John Hirsch Place.

Elgin Avenue.

Elgin Avenue.

Private Property (Elgin and Bertha).

Private Property (Elgin and Bertha).

Market Avenue.

Market Avenue.

John Hirsch Place.

John Hirsch Place.

John Hirsch Place.

John Hirsch Place.

John Hirsch Place.

John Hirsch Place.

Ashdown Cafe (John Hirsch Place)/Confederation Building (as seen from John Hirsch Place).

Ashdown Cafe (John Hirsch Place)/Confederation Building (as seen from John Hirsch Place).

Chatfield Distrubutors (Bannatyne Avenue).

Chatfield Distrubutors (Bannatyne Avenue).

John Hirsch Place.

John Hirsch Place.

Marshall Wholesale Company (Market Avenue).

Marshall Wholesale Company (Market Avenue).

MTC (Market Avenue).

MTC (Market Avenue).

Rorie Street/Market and Bertha.

Rorie Street/Market and Bertha.

McDermot Avenue.

McDermot Avenue.

Lombard Avenue.

Lombard Avenue.

Nutty Club (Lombard Avenue).

Nutty Club (Lombard Avenue).

Mill Street.

Mill Street.

Nutty Club (Lombard Avenue).

Nutty Club (Lombard Avenue).

Nutty Club (Lombard Avenue).

Nutty Club (Lombard Avenue).

Rail Bridge (Pioneer Avenue).

Rail Bridge (Pioneer Avenue).

Pazsteaks (William Stephenson Way).

Pazsteaks (William Stephenson Way).

Pazsteaks (William Stephenson Way).

Pazsteaks (William Stephenson Way).

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (Waterfront Drive).

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (Waterfront Drive).

Nutty VClub (Lombard Avenue).

Nutty VClub (Lombard Avenue).

Rail Bridge (Pioneer Avenue).

Rail Bridge (Pioneer Avenue).

Rail Bridge (Pioneer Avenue).

Rail Bridge (Pioneer Avenue).

Some shots under or near the rail bridge that runs parallel to Main Street and around Shaw Park. My office just recently moved into the neighborhood (yes, I have a 9-5 day job), so expect more from shots from the area over the next while.

Portage and Main (southwest corner).

Portage and Main (southwest corner).

Portage and Main (southeast corner).

Portage and Main (southeast corner).

Portage and Main (northwest corner).

Portage and Main (northwest corner).

Portage and Main (northeast corner).

Portage and Main (northeast corner).

Portage and Main (northeast corner).

Portage and Main (northeast corner).

Portage and Main (northeast corner).

Portage and Main (northeast corner).

Portage and Main (northeast corner).

Portage and Main (northeast corner).

Portage and Main (northwest corner).

Portage and Main (northwest corner).

Portage and Main (southeast corner).

Portage and Main (southeast corner).

A closer look at Portage and Main, Winnipeg’s infamous and contentious intersection.

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