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A few from Main Street. Of special note here—Vapes on Main, “Manitoba’s first medical marijuana vapor lounge.” Since these photos were taken, the Vapes building has been painted, and it looks like a million bucks. There’s also a new deli beside Vapes—Aleco’s Deli and Catering. It’s great to see private investment taking place on this stretch of Main Street.

Also pictured here: Bobo Chinese Restaurant (a few doors from Vapes), and quite a bit further south, the Occidental/Red Road Lodge (built 1890).

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Some shots centered around the contentious Parcel 4 at The Forks. I was very happy to see the recent development plan for the site (as well as the neighboring lot). It’s urban yet green, and provides a crucial link between The Forks and the rest of Downtown. Pictured above: The yearly fair at The Forks (which will be displaced by this new development, not that I’m complaining); looking west down Mahatma Gandhi Way (who knew?); and of course, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, which is scheduled to open in September of this year.

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Some views from Alexander Docks. From the top: The under-appreciated north side of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (scheduled to open September 2014); St. Boniface Water Tower (Tache Avenue); and Cibo Restaurant (aka, the former Harbourmaster Building, Waterfront Drive).

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More surreal weather. That’s the Imperial Bank of Canada (Main Street, built 1906), and behind it, the Confederation Life Building (built 1912); below, it’s the Leckie Building Building (former home of Ragpickers, McDermot Avenue, built 1900);  finally, Lake of the Woods House (Mayberry Gallery, McDermot Avenue, built 1901) and the Criterion Hotel Building (Paperdoll Clothing, also on McDermot, built 1903).

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Looking south from Main and Bannatyne. I love shooting in wild weather, and this summer has provided some pretty great opportunities.  These ones were taken during a sunny patch on a stormy day back in May.

  • Really like these dramatic weather shots, especially the golden-lit buildings against the dark foreboding clouds. Timing is everything, eh?ReplyCancel

    • Bryan Scott

      Definitely. And with the wet streets? Those are some of my favorite shooting conditions.ReplyCancel

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A few more from the east Exchange District. From the top: J.W. McDonald Auto Service (Bannatyne Avenue); Main and Bannatyne (with the Crocus Building in the background); the Franklin Press Building (Bannatyne Avenue, built 1904); and a couple of shots of the building at  Rorie and Bannatyne (not 100% sure but I think this is the Swiss Building, built 1903).

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Despite the gorgeous conversion of the Harbormaster Building into Cibo Restoration and the addition of the funky Mere Hotel, the Alexander Docks are still a hot mess, especially with this year’s high river levels. But if this stretch of Waterfront Drive is to every truly thrive, the docks and the adjacent waterfront property really need improvement. After all, the river itself is the area’s primary draw. Brent Bellamy discusses the benefits of predictable water levels here.

Edit: Someone on Twitter reminded me of the document Go…to the Waterfront that outlines some bold visions for Winnipeg’s waterfront properties, including concepts for Alexander Docks.

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A look at the slick addition (going back a few years now) to Tall Grass Prairie (Westminster Avenue). I used to live just a couple blocks away from this place; I miss the cinnamon buns.

  • Mmmmm, cinnamon buns….

    Yes, slick is the word. Haven’t been down there in ages. Should go check out the cinna… uh, the changes in the hood.ReplyCancel