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South Portage

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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CMHR (From a Distance)

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (as seen from York)

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (as seen from York)

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (as seen from St. Mary)

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (as seen from the parking lot behind VJ’s on Main)

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (as seen from St. Mary)

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (as seen from St. Mary)

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (as seen from York)

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (as seen from York)

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (as seen from York)

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (as seen from York)

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is a true object d’art—in terms of architecture, likely the best example in the city. However, the building is rarely photographed as a building within the context of the city. Typical photos of the building place it as a stand-alone object with little-to-no environmental context or as the oddly disproportionate foreground of Winnipeg’s skyline.

In these photos I’ve attempted to place the building within the context of the browns and beiges of Downtown’s South Portage neighborhood. When viewed from these angles, the enormous scale of the building is magnified, as is the outlandish (in a good way) design. It’s truly a building like no other in Winnipeg.

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Around Health Science Centre

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A few from the area around Health Science Centre, namely McDermot Avenue and Sherbrook Street. From the top: 707 McDermot; 705 McDermot; Northern Medical Unit (McDermot); HSC Parkade (William Avenue); Casa Benfica (Sherbrook); Ninho Portugal (Sherbrook); and Independent Fish (Sherbrook).

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Inside the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Back in early January I finally took my first look inside the CMHR. As expected, I was blown away by the interior, which is even more spectacular than the building’s exterior. There are few spaces in Winnipeg—perhaps even Canada—can can truly fill me with awe, and the CMHR is one of them.

The exhibits were another story. While still a work in progress, they felt a little light to me—a little too safe. Given the subjects they’re dealing with, the exhibits should leave the viewer as breathless as the building does. But for me, they lack the emotional wallop that they call for. Perhaps my opinion about this will change upon a second visit, when I can focus less on the building and more on the exhibits.

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Winnipeg Art Gallery

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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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Parkade on Lombard

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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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A Portage and Main Staycation: Part 2

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

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A Portage and Main Staycation

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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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St. Vital Pavilion

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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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St. Mary Magdalene Anglican Church

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St. Vital Road.
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CMHR/Esplanade Riel

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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 from South Portage

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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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City Place Parkade

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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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South Portage

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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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Canadian Museum For Human Rights

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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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