A brief walk through the eastern tip of the River-Osborne area. The notable photo here is the first one—161 Mayfair Avenue—which was demolished shortly after the photo was taken. Simple me, I naively assumed the fencing around the stately old houses was indicative of a forthcoming restorative effort. Nope.
This shitty retail strip on St. James was emptied out several months ago in preparation for the linking up of the two halves of St. Matthews Avenue (which is now officially completed)—an admittedly great move by the city.
I’m not exactly going to miss this shitty building, but shittyness is relative. When compared to the big-box-with-big-parking-lot formula that has overtaken St. James, it’s shocking how charming—and urban—these first generation strip malls are (I’m no retail expert but I assume these would have been among the first to be built); they were built somewhat close to the street, with only a narrow thoroughfare and a strip of angled parking separating the structure from the sidewalk (quaint, if you ask me), and provided small and cheap space to local retailers. But over the last decade or so, these strip malls have been bulldozed to make way for big-box.
There’s a few of these structures left, but I don’t expect them to be around for much longer. So as shitty as St. James is now, expect it to keep on getting shittier.
I think this is my first full-on iPhone post. Can’t say I’m overly impressed with the quality of the photos that come out of this thing (iPhone 6); they look overly sharp to me. That being said, it’s awfully convenient having this thing with me at pretty much all times.
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.
Notre Dame Avenue. One last look at Luke’s Machinery and its surroundings. Blah blah needless demolition, yada yada urban fabric. Zzzzz.
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.
King Street. Previously unedited photo from 2010. Taken on the last night Shanghai was open for business.
King Street. Here are a few previously unedited photos (from 2008 and 2009) of Gray’s Auction House in various stages of decrepitude.
A couple of previously unedited Logan Avenue photos from 2009. Sumhay Restaurant at the corner of Logan and King and the Jermyn Building, which sadly burned down a couple of years ago.
Here are a couple for the R.I.P category: United Army Surplus (Portage Avenue, built 1958 & demolished 2008) and The Albert Street Business Block (Albert Street) which burned down in 2012.
Some previously unedited photos from the April 19, 2012 fire which destroyed the Albert Street Business Block.
Maroons Road, Winnipeg, Manitoba (1954-2013).