Corydon/Osborne: What good is a plan?

A new development at Winnipeg’s iconic Confusion Corner was announced this past week through the media. In fact, construction is already underway, with piles being driven into the ground as you read this. “We’re pleased that Osborne Place will meet and exceed the goals outlined by the City of Winnipeg’s Corydon-Osborne Area Plan” said the…

Lessons from Denver: Stapleton redevelopment

Opportunities for large scale brownfield development in Winnipeg are scarce, but eventually the lawsuits over Kapyong Barracks will be settled and the building can begin. Perhaps even one day the dream of relocating the rail yards from the middle of the city will be realized, and hundreds of acres of land will become available for…

Doing it wrong on the south side of town

It was just two years ago that the Kenaston extension was built to feed traffic from one of Winnipeg’s busiest roads into Winnipeg’s largest, sprawlingest, new suburb — Waverley West. The purpose of the new stretch of Kenaston Boulevard, however, was not just to feed commuters to and from their new abodes on what was…

Portage and Main Roundabout

Brian Bowman recently made a pledge to tear down the barriers at Portage and Main and reopen the iconic intersection to pedestrians if elected Mayor of Winnipeg. It’s an idea that has been gaining momentum as the long term agreement that shut off the intersection to non-motorized people nears its end. I fully support opening…

Revisiting the golf course debate

Winnipeg candidate for mayor Gord Steeves made one of the biggest splashes last week in what has been a pretty dull race so far. On Friday, July 25, Steeves announced a $100 million road and infrastructure fund, with the money coming from the sale and redevelopment of underused city golf courses. Thus the dormant city…

‘Mixed Use’ doesn’t work in Winnipeg

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read that mixed use development is the answer to the problems caused by Winnipeg’s sprawling car-oriented ways. Bloggers, editorialists and self-professed urbanists say it. Anybody who considers themselves a forward-thinking advocate of city densification believes in it. Many of these same people like to reference Jane Jacobs,…

NEW: Winnipeg Rapid Transit Map

You are probably familiar with the London Underground “tube map”. Even people who have never been to London have probably seen it in a magazine or on the internet somewhere. The iconic map designed by Harry Beck in 1931 sacrificed geographical accuracy in favour of clarity and ease of use, and it has become the…

Beyond Waverley West

People of a certain age will remember the golden age of blogging in Winnipeg. It was the latter half of the first decade of the new millenium, and it was a tumultuous time in Winnipeg. Then mayor Sam Katz was embroiled in scandals, people were calling for an audit after a sketchy parkade transaction involving…