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A Quick Post…

…to link to the most entertaining Winnipeg-related blog post I’ve read in years: Winnipeg: One Extreme City at slurpeesandmurder.blogspot.ca.

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Winnipeg Love Hate: Selected Photographs By Bryan Scott

Winnipeg Love Hate: Selected Photographs By Bryan Scott

By popular demand, the Winnipeg Love Hate book is once again available for sale, but only until January 1, 2013. Click the link at the top of the page for more information.
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I’ll Tumble 4 Ya

Just wanted to quickly let me know that I’m currently attempting to infiltrate another corner of the internet: Tumblr.com.

I’ve started a Tumblr page to post random photographs from my archives. Some will be Winnipeg-related, but most will not. I’m going to post urban studies, landscapes, signage, and lots of other goodies. There are bound to be several posts featuring my dog and cat, but I’m going to try to keep those posts to a minimum (although they are fucking cute). I might even throw in some vintage family photos (I already have) and perhaps some miscellaneous ephemera I’ve collected over the years.

Bottom line: I’m just going to roll with it and try to have fun. So without further further adieu:

bryandscott.tumblr.com

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Winnipeg’s New Piss Pot

By now, most of you have probably read or heard about the planned water park for The Forks. If not, read about it here and  here.

City Hall is currently in the process of fast-tracking this project, which I firmly believe will scar Downtown for decades to come. The planned location, which has become known as Parcel 4 (the gaping gravel parking lot at the NW corner of the Forks), may very well be Winnipeg’s most valuable and most important undeveloped parcel of land.

While I do not oppose a water park in principle, it is clear to me that Parcel 4 is the wrong location for such a project. Situated in what I consider to be an awkward and embarrassing gap between Downtown and The Forks, the right project could very easily bridge this gap, as well as provide a fitting architectural counterpart to the CMHR, Esplanade Riel and Shaw Park (Goldeyes Stadium). I am doubtful that the proposed project (what I envision will essentially be a suburban styled hotel with a glorified swimming pool) could ever be worthy of this incredible location—not culturally, architecturally, or aesthetically. Additionally, a water park is a drive-in/drive-out facility that will do nothing to bridge the gap between Downtown and The Forks, or to provide vitality to Downtown Winnipeg.

It’s important to note that the planned facility would only offer a 50,000 square foot water park, making it less than 1/4 the size of West Edmonton Mall’s facility. Can we really call this “world class”? Further, the Canalta hotel chain’s portfolio does not contain any works of architectural significance; they specialize in rural hotels in Alberta and Saskatchewan, after all. Remember: This facility will be going across the street from the Canadian Museum For Human Rights, Winnipeg’s supposed answer to Bibao’s Guggenheim.

As always, Winnipeg, we can do better than this. I’ve written the mayor and the city councillors, and I urge you to do the same. Here are their email addresses:

skatz@winnipeg.ca, sfielding@winnipeg.ca, jswandel@winnipeg.ca, phavixbeck@winnipeg.ca, bmayes@winnipeg.ca, jbrowaty@winnipeg.ca, gnordman@winnipeg.ca, mpagtakhan@winnipeg.ca, dvandal@winnipeg.ca, readie@winnipeg.ca, jgerbasi@winnipeg.ca, jorlikow@winnipeg.ca, dsharma@winnipeg.ca, hsmith@winnipeg.ca, tsteen@winnipeg.ca, rwyatt@winnipeg.ca

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It’s Not The City; It’s the Citizens

I don’t always agree with Graham Hnatiuk of Progressive Winnipeg, but his blog post from today (“The Reason Why I Want To Leave Winnipeg in 69 Words”) is rather spot on.

I don’t have any particular desire to leave Winnipeg these days, yet I can relate to Hnatiuk’s words fully and completely, and fearing I might alienate my readers, I’ve had to stop myself from writing posts echoing his sentiments many times over the years. His post is too good not to share with you, though.

Read the post here.

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Four Years of Winnipeg Love Hate

Albert Street

Yesterday marked the fourth anniversary of Winnipeg Love Hate. Kind of hard to believe. As cliché as it sounds, it truly feels like only yesterday that I started––quite spontaneously, mind you––this blog which, in the early days, was known as Winnipeg: Love And Hate.

I just wanted to thank everyone for sticking around, and for making this the fantastic experience that it has been. I know there are stretches of time where I’m very light on commentary, which might give the impression that I’m grumpy. This couldn’t be further from the truth; my on-going adventures with Winnipeg Love Hate continue to be a joy.

The above panorama of Albert Street appears to be my most popular photo (it’s certainly my best seller). Funny that a photo that was made on a rather miserable, dreary, completely unremarkable day would be my most iconic image.

Here’s a link to the 500 “most interesting” images from Winnipeg Love Hate, as determined by Flickr.com’s mysterious “interestingness” algorithm. As activity on the photos continues, the list is constantly changing. The list even contains some photos that haven’t been posted on the blog yet.

The Winnipeg Love Hate Top 500

And just a reminder for those of you who are interested in seeing some of my work in person: A small selection of prints are on display and available for sale at Warehouse Artworks at McDermot and Albert Street.




Finally, I thought some of you might be interested in where the hits to this website are coming from. Here’s the top 30 referring sites, not including Google and other search engines:


1. facebook.com
2. flickr.com
3. winnipegfreepress.com
4. stumbleupon.com
5. westenddumplings.com
6. onemancommittee.com
7. metafilter.com
8. vmc50thereunion.ca 
9. slurpeesandmurder.blogspot.com
10. anybody-want-a-peanut.blogspot.com
11. twitter.com
12. uniter.ca
13. progressivewinnipeg.blogspot.com
14. reddit.com
15. riseandsprawl.blogspot.com
16. winnipegomyheart.com
17. kentonlarsen.com
18. johndobbin.blogspot.com
19. kentonsinfotainmentscan.blogspot.com
20. amperebear-in-canada.blogspot.com
21. woodchipsstonestatues.blogspot.com
22. adayinthehood.blogspot.com
23. newwinnipeg.com
24. waverleywest.blogspot.com
25. uptownmag.com
26. hacksandwonks.blogspot.com
27. theorangerod.blogspot.com
28. jfratthe.com
29. weirdosofwinnipeg.blogspot.com
30. reservedatalltimes.com
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Winnipeg Love Hate (The Book): Time’s Running Out

Winnipeg Love Hate: Selected Photographs By Bryan Scott

Hi folks. Just a friendly reminder that time is running out to pick up your copy of Winnipeg Love Hate. After Christmas, it will no longer be available. Click the link on the left side of the page for details.

Also, if you’re thinking about picking up a copy as a gift, please keep in mind that the closer we get to Christmas, the more variable (and unpredictable) Blurb’s shipping times will be.

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Gene Simmons: Key to the City

I’m sure you’ve all heard by now that former Kiss bassist Gene Simmons is the latest recipient of the key to the city of Winnipeg. We can probably all agree that a ceremony such as this is utterly hollow and meaningless, but it really begs the question: What does it say about a city that celebrates such mediocrity? On second thought, I’m not sure I want to know the answer.

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Technical Difficulties

Flickr (where all of my images are hosted) is currently having technical difficulties posting photos to Blogger.  Until they resolve this issue, I will not be able to make new posts. I hope they get this fixed soon…I’ve got lots of catching up to do! In the mean time, if you’re really bored, follow me on Twitter!

Click here for my Twitter home page.

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Winnipeg Transit

Main Street.

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Three Years of Love And Hate

Winnipeg Winter Storm
Well, almost. This post comes a few days early, but it’s Friday, and I wanted to make it a good one as we enter to another frigid weekend.

It’s been three years since I spontaneously started this blog, on a similarly frigid day back in February 2008. Lots has happend since then, both with the blog and my personal life as well (marrying the woman of my dreams and buying our first house being among the highlights).

Overall reception of Winnipeg Love Hate has been unbelievably kind and warm, and I am continually amazed at the amount of media attention it has garnered over the years; a recent article in Going Places Magazine was preceded by articles in Uptown Magazine, The Uniter, The Winnipeg Free Press, G. Love Magazine, and too many blogs and websites to name.

Another highlight was the release of the book Winnipeg Love Hate (still available for sale, but only for a limited time). I was extremely pleased with the final product, and having Rise And Sprawl Blog creator Robert Galston agree to write the book’s foreword was truly an honor.

So I want to thank you all for your continued support, feedback and comments over the years. I will continue to do my best to bring you images of our city that (hopefully) show its best and worst sides, and in doing so, in my own little way expand on the enigma that is Winnipeg.

Here’s a link to the 500 “most interesting” images from Winnipeg Love Hate. The list was determined by Flickr.com’s “interestingness” algorithm, which is based on several factors, including hit counts, comments, where the clicks are coming from, who’s commenting and when, and who marks photos as favorites. As activity on the photos continues, the list is constantly changing. It even contains some photos that haven’t been posted on the blog yet.

The winter scene pictured above came out on top of the list. Here are the rest:

The Winnipeg Love Hate Top 500

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Winnipeg Love Hate Book

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Hi folks. The Winnipeg Love Hate book is no longer in print. Take a look at Stuck in the Middle instead!

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Pinch Me

For those of you who think Manitoba Hydro is the savior of Downtown Winnipeg, think again. Check out their recent plan for Downtown Revitalization.

Better yet, check out Rise and Sprawl’s take on the plan.

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Suggestions?

If it ever warms up again, I’d like to hit the streets, and perhaps venture into some neighborhoods that I don’t go to very frequently (in addition to the places I return to time after time).

Does anybody have any requests or suggestions? I’m looking for buildings and places that really scream Winnipeg…in one way or another. In particular, if anybody knows of any great old signage (restaurants, hotels, etc.) that I’ve thus far missed, I’d love to hear about them.

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A few changes

You may have noticed a few changes to the layout here over the last couple of days, most notably the switch to a 3-column format.

As the collection of photos on this site grows, I hope to make it as easy as possible to navigate through the site, and find the photos you’re looking for. Adding this third column, I think, should increase functionality and improve the overall experience.

Feedback from regular visitors is welcome and very much appreciated. Please note that as soon as I can figure out how to do it, text in the left columns will be right aligned (does anybody know how to right align widgets)?

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