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I’ve posted a few shots from this angle before, but never one in the early morning light. No matter what the light, this will always be one of my favorite buildings in the city.

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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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More from our Portage and Main Staycation. These are from the net morning.

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While having some work done at home that required being out of the house for 24 hours, my wife and I decided to have some fun with the situation. So together with our daughter, we booked a room at The Fairmont. You only live once right?

Feeling like a tourist in my own town, I must say it was a surreal experience. The new perspective on Portage and Main really drove home the dichotomy of the famous intersection: the hustle and bustle of Downtown life—the constant hum of traffic, sirens, random human noises— intertwined with the dehumanizing, lifeless concrete barriers that have been keeping people away for over 30 years. So while it was excitng to spend a night amongst the skyscrapers, our Portage and Main staycation was a sobering, humbling experience.

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I’m a big fan of this gorgeous new addition (completed in 2014) to St. Vital Park.

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Okay, until I finally visit the CMHR for the first time (which will hopefully be soon), I am officially banning myself from taking photos of both the museum and Esplanade Riel.

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More shots from the South Portage area of Downtown (specifically Donald Street). From the top: City Place/MPI loading zone; a couple of shots looking east from in between two buildings whose names I can’t remember the names of; Crosstown Civic Credit Union; and finally, 185 Donald—a lonesome remnant from when South Portage was primarily a residential area.

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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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A few from the South Portage area. From the top: A strange, almost invisible building at the corner of Smith and St. Mary (with the new police headquarters behind it); looking north down Fort Street from St. Mary; and a surface parking lot on Donald Street.

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It seems almost impossible to believe, but after years of planning, construction and bickering, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights has finally opened at the Forks. It’s perhaps a little disappointing that only 4 of the museum’s 11 galleries are open for now, but at least people now have the opportunity to explore the interior of this amazing structure. I’ve been waiting for years to see it, and I cannot wait to get inside.

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A few photos from this past Fringe Festival. I’m somewhat ashamed to say that I did not take in a single play this year. Advice to my future self: Summer’s short. Use it or lose it.

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I was quite relieved when I heard the announcement that my neighborhood grocery store (the former Safeway at Main and Luxton) had been purchased by Co-Op, rather than having its doors closed as a grocer. When I moved into the neighborhood only four short years ago, I had two grocery stores within a 2-minute walk—Safeway and the now defunct Extra Foods. To lose both would have been devastating. So what if the building looks a little sad and the produce is suspect? I’m still thrilled it exists.

 

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More shots from the East Exchange District. From the top: A couple of shots of the shiny new Mere Hotel (Waterfront Drive, built 2013); the Portage and Main towers as seen from Waterfront Drive; and a look down Market Avenue towards the Public Safety Building (Princess Avenue, built 1965).

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More dusk shots from Portage Avenue. Can you tell how much I love this time of day for shooting? From the top: Looking through the Portage Avenue trees towards Manitoba Hydro (built 2008); another look at the Hydro Building behind one of the Portage Avenue Walkways at Portage and Carlton; the Carlton Building (built 1912); Portage Place (built 1987); the Boyd Building (built 1912); Newport Centre (now Rogers, built 1970); looking west from Hargrave; and finally, looking easy from Hargrave.

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