Notre Dame Avenue.
Notre Dame Avenue.
A couple from at or near the corner of Portage and Lipton. I believe the for lease property was a former Blockbuster Video.
I’ve posted a few shots from this angle before, but never one in the early morning light. No matter what the light, this will always be one of my favorite buildings in the city.
One of a few mid-century parkades* in downtown Winnipeg. I wonder how long before chunks of concrete fall off this one.
*I still can’t believe parkade isn’t a recognized word in pretty much every dictionary. Legend has it that The Bay in downtown Winnipeg was the first business to use the term. I’ve been unable to confirm if this is truth or not.
More from our Portage and Main Staycation. These are from the net morning.
While having some work done at home that required being out of the house for 24 hours, my wife and I decided to have some fun with the situation. So together with our daughter, we booked a room at The Fairmont. You only live once right?
Feeling like a tourist in my own town, I must say it was a surreal experience. The new perspective on Portage and Main really drove home the dichotomy of the famous intersection: the hustle and bustle of Downtown life—the constant hum of traffic, sirens, random human noises— intertwined with the dehumanizing, lifeless concrete barriers that have been keeping people away for over 30 years. So while it was excitng to spend a night amongst the skyscrapers, our Portage and Main staycation was a sobering, humbling experience.
Some Portage Avenue photos, ranging from Young Street to Burnell Street. From the top: Foodfare (expect the best); the corner of Portage and Young, where the Sound Exchange somehow survives; the Cash Money/Russian Deli, beside the now sign-less National Typewriter Building; Eben Convenience; and finally, the relatively new coffee house/pub/music venue, The Good Will—a fantastic addition to this stretch of Portage Avenue, despite its confusing name and near-invisible signage.
The name says it all.
Here are some shots from Notre Dame Avenue,. From the top: The Balmoral Hotel (technically on Balmoral Street); the iconic Roy’s Florist, Aloha Beauty Supplies, Jeanne”s Bakery, makers of Jeanne’s Cake—the ultimate Winnipeg-centric love-it or hate-it food; and finally, the oddly situated River Heights Auto.
I’m a big fan of this gorgeous new addition (completed in 2014) to St. Vital Park.
St. Vital Road.
Here’s a shot of the Research Centre at St. Boniface Hospital, in front of one of my most hated strip malls in the city. Could there be a worse “welcome to to St. Boniface” than this shitty, dated strip mall (which is at Marion right where it splits from St. Mary’s)? Think about how much cooler this stretch of Marion would be—not to mention better connected with Downtown—if the businesses in this strip mall were built up to the curb. This would likely be a go-to neighborhood, and better complement the french-quarter vibe that St. Boniface has been pining for for years.
Some Main Street shots from the Luxton area (and one from St. John’s). From the top: Video Cellar, Love Nest, Super Sudzer’s, the freshly-repainted Guess Who mural, Royal Canadian Legion, and a couple of generic, empty-looking buildings on the east side of Main.