The Portage and Main Debate

Families are being torn apart, coworker is pitted against coworker, and my Twitter feed has turned into a war zone. It’s no surprise, really. If my 10 years of blogging and 5 years on Twitter have taught me anything, it’s that nothing riles up Winnipeggers like transportation issues, and opening up Portage and Main is…

A theory about the Hydro land deal

News broke this past week that Manitoba Hydro disputed the independently appraised value of the land that the City of Winnipeg needs to purchase from Hydro for the new Rapid Transit corridor (or rather, the completion of the existing corridor). The appraisal pegged the value at $4.6 million. Hydro says it’s worth $34 million. They…

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…

Winnipeg Winter Walkway Survey

There is a move afoot to gather data about people’s experience booting it around town. The project is called Winnipeg Winter Walkway Survey. It asks 17 questions, most of them multiple choice (’cause I know how you feel about those long form written questions) and many are optional. The survey asks about the conditions that…

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…