Removing the barriers from Winnipeg’s most famous corner would remove the psychological barriers that have seen us shrink from being Canada’s fourth largest city to its eighth.
Mayor Brian Bowman has vowed to reintroduce Winnipeg foot traffic to Portage and Main, a pledge that I heartily support. This iconic intersection represents the heart of our city and the barriers that were erected in 1979 represent more than three decades of decline.
Are the two related? I have no empirical evidence to back this up, but the heartbeat of our city seemed to slow around the same time. We entered a period of very sluggish, almost non-existent, growth as government manipulation tried to asset the path forward: the very expensive deal with Trizec being the first (it is estimated that the enticement offered by the city equalled the investment by the company), then the white elephant that is Portage Place coming on in 1987, killing three blocks of local free enterprisers who had made shopping downtown a pleasure for a hundred and more years. During that period we fell from being the fourth largest city in Canada to its eighth, just ahead of Hamilton! Continue reading Opening up Portage and Main→
Irreplaceable old trees are being replaced by new ‘attractions’: hundreds of old elms for the zoo and parking, 150 mature trees for the Diversity Gardens, many bur oaks for the 10,000-square-foot Qualico Family Centre.
Revitalization of the Hudson’s Bay building? That’s a tough nut to crack. It’s big; it’s old and obsolete, and built in an era in which retail was the downtown. Retail in Winnipeg is now scattered throughout the city, in big box stores and large shopping centres, and in places to which residential growth has been redirected – in the suburbs.
When you hear the name Deer Lodge Centre, you probably think of aging military veterans in long-term care. And you wouldn’t be wrong. Deer Lodge started out as a convalescent home for First World War vets and still maintains 140 priority access beds for veterans as part of an agreement with Veterans Affairs Canada.
A look at the majestic artistry of Oriental rug-making
Handmade rugs are beautiful, versatile and last forever! Ten Thousand Villages has been working with Bunyaad rug artisans in Pakistan since 1982, and we have volunteers and staff dedicated to educating customers about Oriental rugs and the fair trade difference — both in the quality of the artisans’ lives and the quality of their product.
Bunyaad is the name of the fair trade rug program we work with, and also the Uurdu word for “foundation”. The program’s purpose is to preserve the rich cultural heritage of Oriental rug-making in all its myriad forms and styles. Based in Lahore, Pakistan, Bunyaad’s rug artisan group includes over 850 families involved in hand-knotted rug production living in over 100 villages. Continue reading A look at the majestic artistry of Oriental rug-making→