Portage Avenue (1989). One of my favorites in the city. Why is it that in 1989, The Deer Lodge Centre (“an operating division of the WRHA”) could build such a beautiful, sexy, slick building, whereas in 2008, not one but two clusterfucked projects courtesy of the WRHA are currently nearing completion?
Take a walk or a drive down Portage Avenue to Broadway and feast your eyes on the building that’s nearing completion on that spot–one of the most unimaginably bland, flat, two-dimensional pieces of architecture I’ve ever seen.
Meanwhile, the massive concrete nightmare of a parking lot that’s going up at the WRHA’s Main & Logan site is beyond comprehension and just plain embarrassing. It’s a fuck you to the neighborhood. It’s a fuck you to Main Street. It’s a fuck you to Winnipeg.
Portage Avenue. Main Street. Arguably Winnipeg’s two most important streets. There ought to be a law. Really, there ought to be a law.