When 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.
This 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.
Many 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.