Casual commentary about political, cultural and economic issues with a particular interest on the city of Winnipeg by John Dobbin
The centre for private commerce in Winnipeg is in the airport/Polo Park industrial area. The centre for shopping is Polo Park or directly south of there on Kenaston. People who travel to Winnipeg for either of the reasons above only stay downtown by mistake.
I don't know anything about the previous owners of this hotel, but it is a bit puzzling as to why they let their property go to seed when it sits right in the middle of what appears to be the fastest-growing hotel sub-market in the city. It's great to see that the Palettas are going to pick up the ball and run with it - the hotel was becoming a bit of an eyesore, and the negative surprises that people had when staying at the Howard Johnson (just check out some of the TripAdvisor reviews!) reflected poorly on the city in general.Considering the shape that the building is in and the location, this project will probably work out very well.
RM: I will agree that if I was coming in from some place like Brandon, Flin Flon or Dryden that I would be more compelled to find a hotel nearer to where I might be doing my big city shopping and vacation.Downtown remains important for some types of business, entertainment and conventions. This is why I think the convention center needs to be looked for improvement. What the downtown will never be again is the main site for retailing.OMC: I think some owners look at the bar, vendor and restaurant as the main source of income and don't look at improving the rooms. Over time though, this extraction of money left the place completely undesirable.
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