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Time to love Portage and Main

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By Brent Bellamy, Creative Director and Architect
Republished with permission courtesy of the Winnipeg Free Press.

Picture the best urban neighbourhood you have ever visited, the most dynamic city centre you’ve been to. Are you surrounded by people on bustling sidewalks, open to busy shops and restaurants? Where is it — maybe Vancouver, Montreal, New York or Paris?

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Image: Wayne Glowacki / Winnipeg Free Press File
A focus on pedestrians rather than traffic speed could help make Portage and Main a place to love.

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City can learn from Amazon search

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By Brent Bellamy, Creative Director and Architect
Republished with permission courtesy of the Winnipeg Free Press.

Amazon, the Seattle-based online shopping pioneer, recently sent shock waves across the continent when it initiated a search for a location to build a massive second headquarters somewhere in North America.

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Image: Elaine Thompson / The Associated Press Files
Construction at Amazon’s campus in downtown Seattle. Amazon’s search for a second headquarters provides insight into what makes a city attractive to progressive companies

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Imagination could give Arlington Bridge new life

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By Brent Bellamy, Creative Director and Architect
Republished with permission courtesy of the Winnipeg Free Press.

The three graceful arches of the old Arlington Bridge have cast their curving shadows on Winnipeg’s central rail yards for 105 years. It’s become a quintessentially Winnipeg experience to ascend the bridge’s steep ramp and cross its narrow deck as the rhythm of steel girders ticks by.

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Image: Brent Bellamy
Winnipeg could follow the lead of other cities and turn the old Arlington Bridge (above) into an innovative public space. One such city is Washington, D.C., which reimagined its decommissioned 11th Street Bridge (left) as a multi-functional community space.

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Project shows diagonal parking works

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By Brent Bellamy, Creative Director and Architect
Republished with permission courtesy of the Winnipeg Free Press.

There’s something counterintuitive about adding cars to a street to make it a better place for pedestrians, but that’s what happened in downtown Winnipeg when an old idea recently became new.

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Image: Diagonal parking instructions eased drivers into the pilot project. (Supplied)

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Strong fire-safety measures critical

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By Brent Bellamy, Creative Director and Architect
Republished with permission courtesy of the Winnipeg Free Press.

In June, the world watched in disbelief as soaring flames and columns of thick smoke ravaged Grenfell Tower in London. Dramatic images and heartbreaking reports of desperate residents trapped inside streamed across social media. So far, at least 80 people are believed to have lost their lives in the tragedy.

The source of the fire appears to have been a refrigerator inside one of the units on the fourth floor. From there, the flames spread rapidly, and within half an hour, the fire was out of control.

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Image: (Natalie Oxford) Grenfell Tower burning in the early morning hours. 

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