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Old Posted Jan 11, 2018, 7:19 AM
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I'd posted this in another thread, but maybe its better here,

I was reading through some of the City Planning Commission documents from Winnipeg's boom era (the commission that was predicting a city of several million today) and it was in many ways a very forward thinking document. Here are what I found to be some interesting excerpts,

"...many new highways must be planned by extending, straightening and in some cases widening existing streets and by building bridges or subways..."

"...the idea of boulevards around the City should be encouraged and advantage taken of the river banks in the neighborhood of the City to establish picturesque driveways..."

"The encouragement of rapid transportation to the suburbs, to relieve and prevent the formation of congested districts and encourage any tendency of the working class to move into out-lying districts."

"The formation of garden suburbs."

"...the City should make it clear that all railways will only be allowed to enter at certain points."

"The building of a main boulevard around the City connecting the outside park system."

"...a plan should endeavour to arrange for the location of a factory district or groups of factory districts."

"...this joint Committee recommends a trans-city highway along the following route, Pembina, Osborne, Colony, Balmoral, Isabel and Salter..."

"The scheme...calls for the widening of Vaughan Street by extending the West line 88 feet, thus creating a Mall or Plaza 134 feet wide, connecting the Provincial group of buildings dominated by the dome of the Capital Building, centered on the Mall to the south, with the City Hall to the North, also centered on the axis of the Mall facing the Capital. The Plaza furnishes an opportunity in the future for the location of buildings which will be required from time to time in the City's development, such as a Public Library, Museum, Art Gallery, Post Office, Auditorium and other buildings of a similar nature..."

"...the establishment of a City Hall Park, bounded by the Trans-City Highway on the west, and the City Hall centered on the axis of the Mall. The City Hall Park should include all the property in the triangular space between Kennedy, Balmoral and Ellice..."

"...against the erection of a new City Hall on the present site, believing that the site is altogether un-suitable for a building such as should represent the future status of Winnipeg..."

"...the present City Hall and Market Site be transformed into a Public Square, similar to St. James' Place, Montreal."

"...a subway under the C.P.R. tracks at Princess Street..."

"Legislation should be secured that would enable the City to place restrictions on the class of buildings to be erected on focal points, so that our opportunities of securing the erection of commanding structures at such points would not be lost in the future as they have been in the past."

"In the laying out of new streets, changes in direction or alignment should be made to break the dreary monotony of an endless vista."

"...buildings in the business districts should be made to conform to a common standard of height, and, in any case, it is recommended that the height of buildings be rigidly regulated by legislation to one and a half times the width of the streets on which they face..."

"...the City must without delay have courage to look into the future and must have in mind Winnipeg as one of the world's largest cities."
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Old Posted Jan 11, 2018, 2:09 PM
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Agreed. That had to have been one of the greatest cathedrals in the country. Whenever I walk up to the ruins I always try to imagine the original cathedral in its place.
I'd say it was definitely among the more impressive churches in Western Canada, but Quebec is so loaded with great churches that something like the St. Boniface Basilica wouldn't have really stood out from the pack there. There is a churches thread in the Canada subforum that's worth a look... there are some relatively unknown (in English Canada, at least) churches in Quebec that are just spectacular.
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Old Posted Jan 15, 2018, 9:20 PM
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interesting map of river heights in 1929.

Grosvenor was called Haskins, Corydon was called Jackson and Fleet was called Lennon.

Grant ended at Cambridge.

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Old Posted Jan 15, 2018, 9:35 PM
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Originally Posted by trueviking View Post
Grosvenor was called Haskins, Corydon was called Jackson and Fleet was called Lennon.
Note that those were originally different streets that didn't quite connect with Grosvenor, Corydon and Fleet, which do exist on the map.

From what I've seen on other old Winnipeg maps, I suspect map shows what was planned at the time, and the modern layout and naming was in place before the plans were made reality.
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Academy Road was named Godfrey Avenue originally. The name change happened when St. Mary's Academy moved to Crescentwood in the early 1900s, but Godfrey/Academy west of Cambridge wasn't renamed until the 1910s, which I think was around the time the Academy streetcar was built.

The first business on Academy Rd. was a two-storey (AGHHH NIMBY PANIC) building with a grocery store at the SE corner of Borebank and Academy, which opened around 1918 or so. The building's still there. The main commercial area on Academy (around where the Uptown Theatre building is now) started cropping in the early 1920s.

This map is really cool, but its street layout plays a trick on the mind by giving the impression all of River Heights was built up, when in fact there was hardly any development south of Corydon (Jackson) by 1929. I imagine many of the streets south of there would have existed on paper only.
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