Main Street [97/365]

mainstreet_northWhen you hear Main Street, you kind of expect it to be the main street of the place in question. That’s not the case here anymore. This is a small portion of Main Street North.

Main Street is long — it starts uptown, and ends pretty much where I was standing when I took this picture. Nothing much there. Not compared to old photos I’ve seen of Main Street in a lively neighbourhood … lined with small businesses on both sides. This all disappeared when they did the so called ‘rejuvenation’ of the city, which almost separated north end from everything else.

mainstreet_marigoldsThis picture, I took, mainly to get the marigolds the kids have planted in the mid section. There’s a big office building to the left, outside of the picture, and large parts of it is vacant.

I only got here in 2008, so I have no idea what it was like before 1967, but I can imagine it must feel rather sad for people who remember. Many buildings in the north end are boarded up, or in a sad state of affairs. I look at them, and imagine how beautiful they once were.

bakery_mainstreetMany of the few businesses that actually were there when I got here, are gone … like this bakery. It’s been replaced with a small pharmacy that’s part of the methadone programme, so it gets quite a few visitors.

So … this is Main Street North. There’s also a Main Street West, but of that I know nothing. The whole west side is separated by the Harbour Bridge and Reversing Falls Bridge. It’s like a different world 🙂 Many streets have the same name there, so the words ‘north’, ‘west’ or ‘east’ are added to them.

9 Replies to “Main Street [97/365]”

    1. It is, and you’re right. Here, they put out a touristy brochure, where they referred to the downtown area as “the bustling uptown”. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Everyone goes out to the shopping district where Costco and Walmart are located.

    1. It certainly isn’t! The marigold project is nice — the kids grown them in their classrooms, and then they all go out and plant them in June.

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