Saturday, May 19, 2012

One Man Commitee Lowers the Curtain


One Man Committee Announces He is Ending it All

Well, Walter Krawec wasn't that drmatic but he has said that he has decided to lower the curtain on a city blog that was thoughtful and always interesting to read.

I will miss his deep interest in the city around him and the enthusiasm he showed for the subject.

He is correct that there are a number of continuing bloggers and newer entrants every year. Still, it is hard to lose a distinctive voice.

I want more city writers not less as a rule.

My perfect world has writers covering every subject from neighbourhoods to civic-wide issues. I want to hear about that tiny little restaurant up in that neck of the wood. I want to know the history of that building. I want to listen to frustration with politicians, businessment or old man Hubert who has the one eyed dog named Max.

It is funny how fast a knowledge is lost if someone isn't recording it. Think of your own neighbourhood. Is there a school that was once there that is no longer? Sir John Franklin elementary school is now a dog park. I was wondering what year it was knocked down and can't remember. Aside from yearbook pictures, I am wondering if there are pictures of it being built, dedicated, used and then destroyed.

I need that history. I want it.

Dumb as it sounds, I sometimes mention changes in places we are all familiar with because I know I will have a time recalling them as the years pass. I have no shame mentioning Swiss Chalet being built in the city after 15 years absence. It is the single most sought out information on my blog. Ten years from now, I won't have a clue what the history of a particular area was without my notes. It is so easy to let a name slip away from use and fade altogether.

OMC helped reflect the time, the discussion and will add to the colour of the city of Winnipeg. I hope he continues to be part of the conversation in whatever capacity he can. Thanks for being you.

7 comments:

The Analyst said...

"The strongest memory is weaker than the palest ink."

Or website-platform.

reedsolomon.matr1x at gmail.com said...

One man can only do so much.

mrchristian said...

John Franklin School built in 1921-22, closed in June 1989 due to declining enrollment - it was down to 56 students. Demolished in 1991. Image: http://www.centralcorydoncc.com/uploads/6/6/7/1/6671624/5626044.jpg?511

mrchristian said...

I, too, will miss OMC. We don't have a whole lot of public discourse in this city about design, urban planning, new developments - everything comes a pale second to crime and garage fires. His commentary will be missed.

John Dobbin said...

Guys: Yes, it hard for one guy to do it all. Hope we don't lose those who take the time to write.

heh MrC. Thanks. I figured you would know. I was just casting about for an item that I sometimes think about and hadn't researched. It would have come down when I lived in Japan.

And yes, I love the talk on city stuff.

One Man Committee said...

I'm a little late in the game here, but I wanted to thank you for your kind words, John. I'm happy that I was able to contribute in some small way to the insight and analysis generated by this city's bloggers.

John Dobbin said...

Thanks, OMC! Hope you are doing well!