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Brooklands Inn (Keewatin Street).

Brooklands Inn (Keewatin Street).

Brooklands Inn (Keewatin Street).

Brooklands Inn (Keewatin Street).

Keewatin Street.

Keewatin Street.

Westbrook Inn (Keewatin Street).

Westbrook Inn (Keewatin Street).

Keewatin and Ross (Keewatin Street).

Keewatin and Ross (Keewatin Street).

Free Fire Wood (Keewatin Street).

Free Fire Wood (Keewatin Street).

Hotel (Keewatin Street).

Hotel (Keewatin Street).

Keewatin and Logan (Keewatin Street).

Keewatin and Logan (Keewatin Street).

Cold Beer (Keewatin Street).

Cold Beer (Keewatin Street).

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Midwest Car Wash (Logan Avenue).

Midwest Car Wash (Logan Avenue).

Burger Place (Portage Avenue).

Burger Place (Portage Avenue).

Magazines (Superstore, St. James Street).

Magazines (Superstore, St. James Street).

Donald Trump Fish (Phuong Nam Restaurant, Arlington and William).

Donald Trump Fish (Phuong Nam Restaurant, Arlington and William).

Polo Park.

Polo Park.

Here’s a collection of seemingly random photos—all taken with the convenient, yet frustrating, iPhone 6 camera.

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Milk Plant (King Edward Street).

Milk Plant (King Edward Street).

Former Enterprise Rent-A-Car/Robin's Donuts (King Edward Street).

Former Enterprise Rent-A-Car/Robin’s Donuts (King Edward Street).

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Mode Leather (Portage Avenue).

Mode Leather (Portage Avenue).

Gasthaus Gutenberger (Portage Avenue).

Gasthaus Gutenberger (Portage Avenue).

Marigold Chinese Food (Portage Avenue).

Marigold Chinese Food (Portage Avenue).

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Omand's Creek (as seen from Saskatchewan Avenue)

Omand’s Creek (as seen from Saskatchewan Avenue)

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Kilarton Towers (Portage Avenue)

Kilarton Towers (Portage Avenue)

Kintyre Street

Kintyre Street

House on Wolseley Avenue West

House on Wolseley Avenue West

Here are some shots taken from, or at the foot of, the Maryland Bridge.

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Safeway (Ness Avenue)

Safeway (Ness Avenue)

Safeway (Ness Avenue)

Safeway (Ness Avenue)

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Nolan's Furniture (St. James Street)

Nolan’s Furniture (St. James Street)

Nolan's Furniture (St. James Street)

Nolan’s Furniture (St. James Street)

Toronto Furniture (St. James Street)

Toronto Furniture (St. James Street)

You may have noticed from yesterday’s post that I’m not a big fan of St. James Street, or the entire Polo Park neighborhood for that matter (can you actually call it a neighborhood?). But one thing I do like about the strip is the collection of furniture stores it offers. There’s a little bit of everything, from discount to high-end; from traditional to ultra-modern. Sure, there are a lot of amazing furniture chains found in places like Minneapolis that are not found here in Winnipeg, but when I’m not interested in taking an eight-hour drive, I usually head to St. James Street to satiate my furniture shopping needs.

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Evacuated retail (St. James Street)

Evacuated retail (St. James Street)

Evacuated retail (St. James Street)

Evacuated retail (St. James Street)

Evacuated retail (St. James Street)

Evacuated retail (St. James Street)

Evacuated retail (St. James Street)

Evacuated retail (St. James Street)

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.

 

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Keewatin Underpass (Keewatin Street)

Keewatin Underpass (Keewatin Street)

Midmar Avenue (near KEewatin Street)

Midmar Avenue (near KEewatin Street)

Midmar Avenue (near KEewatin Street)

Midmar Avenue (near Keewatin Street)

The Keewatin Underpass. Read all about it here.

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Target Canada (St. James Street)

Target Canada (St. James Street)

Target Canada (St. James Street)

Target Canada (St. James Street)

Target Canada (St. James Street)

Target Canada (St. James Street)

If we can all agree that Target Canada the largest gaffe in Canadian retail history, then we can probably also agree that the infrastructure that went into its Polo Park location was the largest gaffe in Winnipeg retail history. I do take a positive out of this: As long as the giant building stands empty, in its overgrown, weed infested lot, developers will likely steer clear of further soul-crushing, city-killing big-box development.

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Fu Lin (Keewatin Street)

Fu Lin (Keewatin Street)

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Brooklands Truck and Car Wash (Bannister Road)

Brooklands Truck and Car Wash (Bannister Road)

Brooklands Truck and Car Wash (Bannister Road)

Brooklands Truck and Car Wash (Bannister Road)

Bannatyne West Food Mart (Bannatyne Avenue)

Bannatyne West Food Mart (Bannatyne Avenue)

The Sal's Store (Bannister Road)

The Sal’s Store (Bannister Road)

Salisbury House (Bannister and King Edward)

Salisbury House (Bannister and King Edward)

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Here are a few from the St. James Industrial area. They were taken during a pretty wicked dust storm. The camera’s sensor already needed a cleaning, so I figured what the hell. From the top: Dino’s (as seen from St. James); Enterprise (King Edward Street); behind St. James Street; the tracks behind St. James; 1308 Border; 1051 King Edward; and a spring cleaner on King Edward.

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From the top: Pop’s Burger, 1871 Ness, 1879 Ness and 277 Ferry.

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