The city is actually considering whether or not to tear down another 1880s building within a supposedly protected National Historic Site. The landowners, even in this real estate bubble, actually believe that there’s more revenue to be extracted from a flat gravel parking lot than this two-storey building.
C’mon, this is almost 2011—can this possibly even [..]
Posted: December 4th, 2010 under , , , .
Robert Galston, The Rise and Sprawl
[Editor's note:Where the hell is Heritage Winnipeg? Let Sport Manitoba know how you feel about their disregard for our city's history by phoning them at (204) 925-5907.]
Point Douglas is going to look great in two years…
…from my rearview mirror. I can’t wait to move out and leave the renewal to [..]
Posted: April 16th, 2010 under , , , , , .
Robert Galston, Winnipeg Free Press
It’s easy to get excited about the plans Red River College has for the Union Bank tower on Main Street. Built in 1904, it is a true example the early skyscrapers, not only by virtue of its height, but by its adaptation of classical orders to a tall building. Reaching 11 [..]
Posted: October 25th, 2009 under , , , , .
Commentary by Donovan Fontaine, via Facebook Protect the Heritage Buildings of Winnipeg from Demolition by Neglect
As it is evident from [this story, "Grain Exchange Annex to face demolition"], Heritage Winnipeg appears to be failing Winnipeg in regards to its stated goal of “restoration, rehabilitation and preservation of Winnipeg’s built environment.”
Posted: July 23rd, 2009 under , , , , .
April 2, 2009
The Downtown Development Plan of 1969
by Robert Galston
By the 1960s the teeming optimism that permeated Winnipeg’s civic condition at the turn of the century had long since vanished. Never mind Chicago of the North, the city was poised to play second fiddle to Calgary and Edmonton. In the midst of the jet age, [..]
Posted: May 1st, 2009 under , , , , , .
So much stimulus talk has Winnipeg excited for infrastructure money, particularly for rapid transit—a recurring media topic since 1959, when Toronto transportation engineer Norman D. Wilson (TTC subway, Don Valley Parkway) visited Winnipeg for a traffic study culminating in a report recommending a 40 km, three-line subway.
Both the Winnipeg Free Press and the Winnipeg Tribune [..]
Posted: March 4th, 2009 under , , , , , , , , .
Most TRU Winnipeg readers have heard the news: The Exchange District’s grandest row of buildings, along the south side of McDermot Avenue between King and Princess Streets, is in the crosshairs of Manitoba Hydro, which aims to build a substation on the site where three century-old buildings now stand.
Countless commentators & bloggers have asked the [..]
Posted: January 23rd, 2009 under , , , , .
Word from pharma-tycoon Daren Jorgenson via his Protect the Heritage Buildings Facebook group is that the Albert Street business block, and with it the 129-year old house behind the storefronts, is about to fall victim to another dirty demolition scheme.
The Ken Hong owner has received notice to vacate the Albert Street Business Block so that [..]
Posted: September 5th, 2008 under , .
If you belong to social networking group Facebook, then you can see for yourself that Bus Rapid Transit apologist Paul Hesse is a member of the group that seeks to restore Winnipeg Electric Company streetcar #356.
However this truly defies normal logic, as Paul is leader of another group — one that seeks to continue Winnipeg’s [..]
Posted: August 13th, 2008 under , .
Hack-for-hire Dan Lett of the Free Press has thrown in his 2¢ worth of intellect on the debate surrounding David “Moneybags” Asper’s plan to build a football stadium where South Point Douglas now inconveniently stands:
“I spent a fair bit of time in Point Douglas recently to pen a piece for the dead-tree paper, and think [..]
Posted: July 1st, 2008 under .