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By: Truwinnipeg  09-12-2011

Here at TRU Winnipeg, we’ve found that critiquing the local discussion on urban issues is rather like playing a never-ending game of whac-a-mole—each time we smack down the clueless assertions of one ostensible academic, instantly pops up another.
The most recent bit of disingenuous drivel comes from University of Winnipeg professor Christopher Leo, who claims “expertise” [..]

Posted: July 8th, 2010 under , , , , , , .

Robert Galston, The Rise and Sprawl
Manitoba is, according to Prof. Allen Mills’s piece in the Free Press today, under “soft despotism,” and governed by bureaucracy.
I should know: I live in North Point Douglas. Here, as in the North End (where between Selkirk and Redwood, conditions are becoming so deplorable that they would make villages in [..]

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Don’t try this in Chicago.
The dreaded surface lots in the background are about 70% full, so most of these were shot during weekday business hours.
The problem here is that all parking downtown is 2h restricted, forcing you into a private lot if you want to drive to work, and guaranteeing fines for overnight guests of [..]

Posted: December 3rd, 2009 under , , , .

Commercial viability is more desirable than empty lots
Robert Galston, University of Winnipeg Uniter
A small commercial building is under construction at a vacant corner of Sherbrook Street and Westminster Avenue. The main tenant of the building will be a Subway restaurant. Like Stella’s Bakery next door, this small development has been regarded as an attempt to [..]

Posted: November 5th, 2009 under , , .

Last week City Council OK’d a plan for a land swap at Parker Ave. in Fort Garry that would effectively create 3,500 units of affordable housing on the northern tip of Fort Garry, which would be designed and built by Andrew Marquess.

Andrew has a good track record in downtown Winnipeg, so far he has renovated [..]

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Cancelbot on has this to say about the poor station design of the BRT:

Posted: July 30th, 2009 under , , , .

This is a fragment of text from Winnipeg Electric Company’s (WECo.) newsletter of July 1922 when Winnipeg still had its streetcars and the Company was still expanding the tracks, not tearing them up:

SOURCE: – WECO Newsletter July 08, 1922
The history of every progressive community shows that its growth and development is measured by the [..]

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I believe ever so more on the power of positive thinking and that we become what we think.
So it goes like the previous post that if we believe that Winnipeg cannot afford a rail rapid transit solution, then that’s what’ll happen. As I have experienced for the past 30 years in talking with Winnipeg Transit [..]

Posted: July 3rd, 2009 under , , .

On Canada Day I saw streetcar 596 that was created by Danny Schur as a smaller replica of streetcar 356, I was reminded by a dream I’ve had for the past 15 years that goes like this.
I am walking to my regular bus stop in River Heights at Grant Ave. late at night when I [..]

Posted: July 2nd, 2009 under , .

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