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Monday, 18 April 2011

A Brandon Update: Water, water and heritage buildings !

This weekend I went on a bit of a road trip. On the way home I stopped in for a quick twirl around Brandon.

Water Disaster

The big story, of course, is the mighty Assiniboine. Over the weekend an ice jam was sending the Assiniboine to record levels. The jam is gone today but the River is not expected to crest there until sometime between April 20 and 28.

Brandon, Manitoba

Brandon, Manitoba
Both of the main drags into town, 18th and 1st, are lined with kilometers of 'super-sandbags'.

Brandon, Manitoba
On Saturday Grand Valley Road (which is what Kirkcaldy becomes west of 18th) was sealed off at 18th (see map below)

Brandon, Manitoba
Just opened in the Autumn, the David Thompson (18th Street) Bridge is getting a workout.

Brandon, Manitoba
From the 1st Street bridge: Dinsdale Park is looking a bit soggy.

Brandon, Manitoba
Here's a view from the Riverbank Discovery Centre which has a lot less riverbank than usual.


Heritage Disaster

Keeping with disasters, I snapped some photos of the Brown Block which collapsed back in mid March. Engineers are figuring how best to take it down. It became a trickier than usual operation when it was found to share a retaining wall with another heritage building: The former Strand Theatre. In a few days they will know whether the Strand can remain standing.

Brandon, Manitoba

Brandon, Manitoba

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CP Depot's New Life

Within sight of the Brown Block is the former CP Depot. It, too, has sat empty for a number of years.

A happier ending, though, as renovations are underway to make it the new home of Westman Immigrant Services, coming full circle in a way.

Brandon, Manitoba

Brandon, Manitoba

Brandon, Manitoba

Stay tuned for more good news on the heritage front from Brandon !

Retro Fast Food

Is it safe to assume that KFC Inc (or PepsiCo or whoever owns it now) forgot about this this Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet on Princess when it re-branded a decade or so ago ?!

Brandon, Manitoba

2 comments:

Winnipeg Girl said...

I have pictures of that same KFC - updating is such a tricky concept, if it had have been done 15 years ago it would have seemed like keeping with the time, if they do it now, it will just be heartbreaking.

mrchristian said...

Good point.

They should have the staff wear retro uniforms as well !

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