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.
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.