Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Comments Open

I have re-activated the commenting feature of this blog, so feel free to comment on posts, you thousands upon thousands of readers. I hope to recieve slightly less tactless personal-attacking drivel from anonymous trolls this time around, thanks.

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It appears that urban explorer and amateur photographer 1ajs found part of the original facade of the Rex/Regent (Epic) Theatre on Main Street, which has been hidden from view since the 1930s, when it was covered by the Miami-styled late Deco facade we see today.


Window detailing

The underside of the arch


For their own sake, and their wish to not be seen as ravaging philistines, Centre Venture and the WRHA should hope that the tenative plan to briefly expose this facade briefly--for documentation purposes, prior to demolition--does not go through: it would be so much easier for the public to watch the Epic Theatre be destroyed if they never knew the ornate beauty that lay behind the pastel-painted stucco.
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For the second day in a row, the Business page of the Free Press features a story of how the draconian nature of centralized urban planning is currently prohibiting renewal in Point Douglas. This time, it is the story of the roadblocks erected by officialdom facing a North Point Douglas woman who is in the process of opening up a coffee shop in a mixed-use building on Sutherland Avenue near Annabella Street. (I would add the links to these stories, but the FP's website seems to be down currently.)

Way to go. A storefront coffee shop would do more to improve the social health of troubled central neighborhoods like Point Douglas than any socially-motivated government funding scheme could, yet this woman faces roadblock after roadback from the City's plethora of zoning regulations and parking requirements.

Maybe she should have "practised due dilligence" before jumping into this venture. Right, planners?

Or better yet, maybe she should have never bothered with trying to bring commerce back to Point Douglas, and instead asked for a job at a Tim Horton's Drive-Thru in the suburbs--which successfully meet all the City's zoning and parking requirements.

12 Comments:

Blogger Orest said...

Excellent, insightful post as always, Rob.

I hope thoughtful and constructive comments drown out the trolls.

Cheers.

8:39 PM  
Anonymous Mike Petkau said...

Rob
Your blog is the single most important read in Winnipeg today. It should be included with minutes at City Hall. Thanks for continuing to dig deep.

9:40 PM  
Blogger Andy said...

Nice to see the comments back. Your perspective is always interesting and your writing style is developing impressively.

10:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep up the whining Robert! Although, perhaps if you would like to be taken seriously for a change, you could lighten up on the sarcasm and offer some constructive alternatives for once.



-Troll-

9:04 AM  
Anonymous unclebob said...

Welcome to the world of commerce and development Winnipeg style.

10:03 AM  
Anonymous Paul said...

Rob, your blog is very important and a great source of ideas. Keep up the great work!

And your blog has the best pictures of any Winnipeg blog that I've found so far. (A shout out to your photographers!)

What about some positive news from time to time? What do you think of the RRC's plan to move into the long vacant Royal Bank building at Main and William?

11:19 AM  
Blogger Bryan Scott said...

I agree with Mike Petkau 100%. Keep up the great work.

11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Give it up Galston! Building preservation, new urbanist infill and a frickin subway (wtf?!) ain't never happening here. Bulldozers, modernism and traffic engineering for life beeatch!

4:51 AM  
Blogger AverageCity said...

Good stuff as usual. I check your blog everyday. Keep up the great work.

2:12 PM  
Blogger SWEET5.0CRX said...

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1:37 AM  
Blogger SWEET5.0CRX said...

IM1 OF THE PEOPLE TAKEING DOWN THE BILDING THE REX I SAVED 13 ROSE OF SETS 3 WALL GOLD LEAF WALL ORMENTANS 1 DOOR WAY AND 2 FROM THE 2ND FLOOR I LOVE THIS OLD STUFF I'M 25 AND I FEAL THE NEED TO SAVE AS MUCH AS I CAN I WOOD LOVE TO KNOW HOW TO GET IN TO THE OLD FRONT WHERE THE PIX WERE TAKING SO I CAN SAVE MORE PLEASE E MAIL AT SWEET_78STANG@HOTMAIL.COM PS ABLE IS ONLEY 2 FLOORS AS OF 200 TO DAY SAT 17TH

1:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yo, we need some postage! Even post and tell us that you're not going to be posting for a while.

6:26 PM  

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