Friday, February 27, 2009

At least they did something

It can be assumed that the argument-turned stabbing that occurred in front of the Woodbine Hotel on Main Street earlier this week, has re-kindled downtown booster's wishes to shut down the 131-year-old bar and its hotel rooms upstairs. Sure, the present owner has put lots of his own money into restoring the place over the last six or seven years, and puts an effort into running a relatively friendly bar, but we'd rather see it in one of our friend's hands...

It's nice to imagine something along the lines of The Fyxx coffee shop, which occupies the back half of the building on Albert Street, but let us not pretend there's a history of successfully converting Winnipeg's old single-room hotels. How is Ken Zaifman, that golden boy to the downtown booster crowd, doing with the St. Charles Hotel? (The "insanitary" sign the City put up in the window a month ago is the most action I've seen there in a while. ) How is the sale and redevelopment of the Bell Hotel going? What's new at the Royal Albert?

You can loathe the Woodbine Hotel's existence all you like, but at least the owner has done something with his property.

Photo from Digital Agent on Flickr


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Edit: Am I good or what? This story was just put up on CBC Manitoba: "Woodbine Hotel hurting Exchange district's changing image: residents"

I wonder: is Mr. McGowan searching for buyers for the comparatively more sketchy, statistically more dangerous, yo-yo nightclubs in the vicinity? Or is he just looking for a whipping boy? After all, dodgy bars like the Clarendon Hotel and Times Nightclub left Portage Avenue years ago, so what excuse can be made for the Avenue Building remaining a vacant civic embarrassment? Who owns that one?

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Also worth noting, is the renovation and commercial development presently going on next door to the Woodbine Hotel.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Cycling Guy said...

The previous Friday night there were TWO ambulances outside the Woodbine. Never heard what THAT was about.

1:36 PM  
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Blogger The Rise and Sprawl said...

If you want to be jealous haters, find another forum. Thanks.

12:24 AM  
Blogger The Rise and Sprawl said...

By the way, cycling guy, I'm not sure what those ambulances were there for, but what is by far the most common WFPS call downtown is for someone having having a seizure. Maybe it was that.

12:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ahhh ya right

The slumlandlord that replaced the roog and resored the heat, with a used furnance, is a swell guy ;)

your hatred for things sometimes clouds you judegment rob, respectfully.

6:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL. COME ON ROB IS ONLY TRYING TO STIR THINGS UP. DEEP DOWN HE LOVES ROSS MGOWAN.

9:40 PM  

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