But people—and restaurants—move on. It’s understandable, and I wish the owners well.
It’s another story, though, when a nearly 130-year-old building is cleared for demolition in the adjoining neighbourhood of The Exchange District, Winnipeg’s nationally designated historic district.
For all intents and purposes, Chinatown is a part The Exchange District, and I would expect that it would be treated with the respect and preservation that it deserves. But hey, what can I really expect? Even The Exchange has fallen victim to needless demolition in recent times (Grain Exchange Annex and The Smart Bag Building) thanks to the toothless (and quite frankly, useless) Historical Buildings Committee. With this being the case, there’s not much hope for Chinatown at all.