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I was quite relieved when I heard the announcement that my neighborhood grocery store (the former Safeway at Main and Luxton) had been purchased by Co-Op, rather than having its doors closed as a grocer. When I moved into the neighborhood only four short years ago, I had two grocery stores within a 2-minute walk—Safeway and the now defunct Extra Foods. To lose both would have been devastating. So what if the building looks a little sad and the produce is suspect? I’m still thrilled it exists.

 

  • Bruce Johnson

    Glad they didn’t tear the building down. When it was a Safeway, it looked like most of them did when I was a little kid.ReplyCancel

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Last batch of photos from Prairie 360. The night I visited (back in mid-July), I lucked out and got a pretty interesting sunset, which painted the westerly view with vivid colors and made the Hydro Building look even sexier than usual. But with its bland mid-rises and plentiful surface lots, the southwesterly view (towards Osborne Village) was somewhat less inspiring.

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More Prairie 360 shots. Built in 1987, the revolving restaurant is somewhat of a curious, tacky structure, that was clearly meant to complement the Fort Garry Hotel, but just ends up feeling like a relic of 1980s post-modernism. But nobody goes there for the architecture (or the food, for that matter). It’s all about the view.

The view of the downtown skyline is decent (ie, the cluster of buildings at Portage and Main), but it’s definitely not the highlight; many of the area’s surface parking lots and nondescript mid-rises mar the view. And he viewing angle towards Portage and Main isn’t that great to begin with—201 Portage is barely visible, making the corner’s four skyscrapers look decidedly less impressive. It’s really the smaller details that make the view from Prairie 360 impressive. In particular, it’s a real treat to see The Fort Garry Hotel from above.

And of course there’s the star of the show (the biggest difference between the current incarnation of the revolving restaurant and the former one): The Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Without a proper viewing tower at The Forks (the current one stinks, and does not offer a good view of the museum), Prairie 360 is the very best place to soak in views of the museum. This alone makes it worth the trip.

  • sid

    looks like the amputated foot of a reptillian DesepticonReplyCancel

  • Some impressive shots here and I agree about seeing the Fort Garry Hotel at this very cool angle even though the height makes me a tad queazy.ReplyCancel

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I finally got a chance to check out Prairie 360, the new incarnation of downtown Winnipeg’s revolving restaurant. And of course, I was sure to bring my camera. While I’d say the food was okay (not great—just okay), the view is the real star of the show (no surprise there). Great views of the CMHR, Esplanad Riel, The Forks, St. Boniface, and parts of downtown.

Here’s the first batch of photos from the evening. From the top: A look the fork in the road between St. Mary’s Road and Marion Street; 21 Mayfair Place with the Donald Street bridge in front of it; the cluster of buildings at Donald and Stradbrook; and finally, a look at the St. Boniface Hospital and where the Red and Assoniboine Rivers meet (ie, the forks).

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It’s only a matter of time before the old water slides at Skinner’s get torn down (frankly, I’m amazed it hasn’t happened already). It’s a real shame what’s become of this place; I had lots of fun summer days here back in the 80s. Of course, there’s still the Skinner’s restaurant, “home of the world famous hot dog,” so all is not lost.

  • That was a lot of fun when I went there my family when I was younger in the 80’s.ReplyCancel

    • Bryan Scott

      Me too. Sad what’s become of it.ReplyCancel