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Quest Inn (Ellice Avenue)

Quest Inn (Ellice Avenue)

461 Kennedy

461 Kennedy

Centre Village (Balmoral Street)

Centre Village (Balmoral Street)

Breadalbane Building (Hargrave and Cumberland)

Breadalbane Block (Hargrave and Cumberland)

344 Cumberland

344 Cumberland

Odeon Theatre (Smith Street)

Odeon Theatre (Smith Street)

Princess and Donald

Princess and Donald

Princess Street

Princess Street

Ellice and Hargrave

Ellice and Hargrave

Parkade at Ellice and Hargrave

Parkade at Ellice and Hargrave

Parkade at Ellice and Hargrave

Parkade at Ellice and Hargrave

Ken's Restaurant (Ellice Avenue)

Ken’s Restaurant (Ellice Avenue)

Here’s a new look at Central Park—one of the most colorful, dynamic and photogenic neighborhoods in the city. Many impressive structures in this area, highlighted by the Breadalbane Block (aka, Ambassador Apartments), the almost equally impressive 344 Cumberland, and the recently contentious Centre Village.

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Parking Lot (East Exchange District)

Parking Lot (East Exchange District)

Parking Lot (East Exchange District)

Parking Lot (East Exchange District)

Parking Lot (East Exchange District)

Parking Lot (East Exchange District)

CMHR (Waterfront Drive)

CMHR (Waterfront Drive)

Parking Lot (East Exchange District)

Parking Lot (East Exchange District)

The East Exchange District is one of my favorite neighborhoods in the city.  It’s loaded with some of Winnipeg’s most iconic buildings, including the Nutty Club buildings and the Ashdown Warehouse. Lombard, McDermot, and Bannatyne Avenues are some of Winnipeg’s most dynamic and colorful streets. But yet, there’s something not quite right about the area. A look at a satellite image reveals the problem—it’s dominated by surface parking lots. People need to park their cars, but it’s a generally accepted fact that Downtowns with such an unhealthy proportion of parking lots to buildings are not places that people want to be.

I set out one afternoon, camera in hand, to try to capture the relationship between the buildings of the East Exchange and the lots that surround them.

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Bay Auto Centre (Vaughan and St. Mary)

Bay Auto Centre (Vaughan and St. Mary)

Walkway (Vaughan and St. Mary)

Walkway (Vaughan and St. Mary)

A couple of shots (taken from out the sunroof of my car, I believe) at Vaughan and St. Mary.

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Surface Parking Lot (Fort Street)

Surface Parking Lot (Fort Street)

Main and Graham

Main and Graham

Fort south of Portage

Fort south of Portage

Fort near Graham

Fort near Graham

A few shots from the South Portage area, taken in mid-July. It was a night that looked like it could produce a spectacular sunset; although that didn’t materialize, I was still pleased with some of the results.

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Demolition at Adelaide and Notre Dame

Demolition at Adelaide and Notre Dame

Demolition at Adelaide and Notre Dame with the Calvary Temple in the distance

Demolition at Adelaide and Notre Dame with the Calvary Temple in the distance

Demolition at Adelaide and Notre Dame

Demolition at Adelaide and Notre Dame

Demolition at Adelaide and Notre Dame

Demolition at Adelaide and Notre Dame

Demolition at Adelaide and Notre Dame

Demolition at Adelaide and Notre Dame

Demolition at Adelaide and Notre Dame

Demolition at Adelaide and Notre Dame

Demolition at Adelaide and Notre Dame

Demolition at Adelaide and Notre Dame

Demolition at Adelaide and Notre Dame

Demolition at Adelaide and Notre Dame

Demolition at Adelaide and Notre Dame

Demolition at Adelaide and Notre Dame

Demolition at Adelaide and Notre Dame

Demolition at Adelaide and Notre Dame

Demolition at Adelaide and Notre Dame

Demolition at Adelaide and Notre Dame

Demolition at Adelaide and Notre Dame

Demolition at Adelaide and Notre Dame

Adelaide Street

Adelaide Street

Donald and Notre Dame

Donald and Notre Dame

It’s the last day of summer, and it’s going to be a lovely day; too lovely to repeat myself about why the recent demolition at Adelaide and Notre Dame is shameful and why The Calvary Temple has proven itself to be a terrible Exchange District neighbor. So read about it here.

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IGA (Main Street)

IGA (Main Street)

West Kildonan Curling Club (Enniskillen Avenue)

West Kildonan Curling Club (Enniskillen Avenue)

Top photo is a view of the side of the IGA on Main Street (in the strip mall between Enniskillen and Jefferson). So in fairness, it wasn’t as abandoned as it appears.

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Remand Centre (Vaughan Street)

Remand Centre (Vaughan Street)

Bay Parkade (Vaughan and St. Mary)

Bay Parkade (Vaughan and St. Mary)

Archives of Manitoba (Vaughan Street)

Archives of Manitoba (Vaughan Street)

Hakin Optical (Kennedy Street)

Hakin Optical (Kennedy Street)

Kennedy Street

Kennedy Street

The Bay (as seen from Kennedy Street)

The Bay (as seen from Kennedy Street)

Kennedy Street

Kennedy Street

Pony Corral (Kennedy Street)

Pony Corral (Kennedy Street)

Winnipeg Clinic (Kennedy Street)

Winnipeg Clinic (Kennedy Street)

Movies, Music and More (Graham Avenue)

Movies, Music and More (Graham Avenue)

Vaughan Street

Vaughan Street

A few photos from the South Portage section of Downtown.

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Here’s a series of photos centered around Notre Dame and Adelaide, where Luke’s Machinery (a series of three connected buildings) currently awaits demolition. Much like the old Smart Bag building, Luke’s was an occupied building that was needlessly emptied out to make way for demolition. In this case, it’s to make way for a surface parking lot. I won’t bore you with the mechanics of the deal, but the bottom line is that the result will be a net loss in the built environment in Downtown Winnipeg. This was not a building of historic significance, but that’s not the issue. Again, this is Downtown Winnipeg (the Exchange District no less!), where bylaws to prevent this sort of thing are said to exist, and the city purportedly has a vested interest in drawing people to work, live and play. Lack of parking isn’t the issue, folks. It’s a lack of everything else that’s the problem. Another void in the built environment is really just another nail in the coffin.

Shame on all those that allowed this to happen, namely the City of Winnipeg, Manitoba Hydro and Calvary Temple.

 

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assigned-parkingking-logan

Top: You can take away the restaurant, and you can even take away the building. But by golly, you can never take away the parking. It’s a Winnipeg Tradition. Bottom: Sumhay at the corner of King and Logan.

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Portage Avenue.

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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.

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city-place-parkade

When my mom and I went downtown when I was a kid, I always hoped she’d park in the City Place (Eaton Place back then) parkade. Other than the two weeks a year that the Red River Ex was operational, the parkade was the closest thing to a roller coaster ride there was.

I liked this place back then, and I like it now. Architecturally, the spiral designs (there are a couple others around) are among the most interesting parkades in the city. Have you seen the new one going up at Hargrave and Ellice? Compared to that hulking monstrosity, the City Place parkade is a masterpiece.

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West Exchange12315814883_3583af04ab_b12315668195_652a289cc8_bSome surface parking lot bleakness on the western edge of the Exchange District (near Pacific and Princess). A bit west on Elgin, you’ll find the Amazing Grace Ministry.

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McDermot Avenue.

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A couple of shots from the Norwood East section of St. Boniface: Mrs. Mikes (Tache Avenue), and across the street, a random surface parking lot. Down Tache and around the corner, 165 St. Mary’s.

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