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Old Posted Feb 6, 2013, 12:12 AM
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It's already a nice hotel, it just isn't really flashy. The owners have repeatedly said they don't want to sell.
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Old Posted Feb 6, 2013, 1:20 AM
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Oh really? I heard it's a narly dive. I should check it out next time I'm there.
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Yes, because a new tallest building in one downtown and an entirely new waterfront in the other is "looks the same". Intercity has doubled in size. 10 years ago we didn't have the theatre, the casino, and a third of the university's educational buildings. "The same".

I guess you're just not really looking at the cities you're visiting since your visits are clearly very casual in nature. You're not going to the cities to experience the cities, you're going there for a brief business affair and then going back home. A trip to Minneapolis for you is as mundane as a trip to the bank for me.

You really have no clue what I do when I go on trips. First you say I hide in the attic, then you say I have not been anywhere in 10 years, then when I trump you, you come up with another excuse. Like seriously little boy. Maybe get out of the hole you seem to live in, and venture across Canada and the US and learn something. Because living off GOOGLE STREET view Maps, is not going to get you far.


And btw, you should really get your city council, to buy out the Prince Arther Hotel and return it to it former railway glory, especially with the location. The way it sits now reminds me of our Mclaran Hotel, another waste of a once high end hotel.
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Old Posted Feb 6, 2013, 3:06 PM
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I have heard the opposite.

With more and more businesspeople working from home or in smaller remote offices the convention has become a great tool for networking with clients and other businesses.

Going are the days of huge head offices filled with salespeople that are constantly traveling out from there. Instead you have the country littered with regional salespeople handling their local clients and telecommuting into their head offices.

While numbers conference attendance dropped during the crash of 2008-2009, things appear to be stronger than ever now.
Interesting -- I guess I need to stop listening to these dubious sources:

- Steven Malanga, "Have We Got a Convention Center to Sell You!" Wall Street Journal (Dec. 31, 2011).

- Heywood T. Sanders, "Convention Myths and Markets: A Critical Review of Convention Center Feasibility Studies,"
Economic Development Quarterly (2002).

- Robert A Baadea, Robert Baumannb and Victor A Mathesonc, "Rejecting 'Conventional' Wisdom: Estimating the Economic Impact of National Political Conventions," Eastern Economic Journal (2009)

- Don Bauder, "The Convention Center Liars," San Diego Reader (Dec. 14, 2011).

Bear in mind, Steven Malanga is just another bearded, fixie-riding creative class hipster dreamer who thinks every building should be from 1906 and have haberdasheries and artisanal coffee shops on the groundfloor. So don't listen to him.
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Old Posted Feb 6, 2013, 5:51 PM
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And btw, you should really get your city council, to buy out the Prince Arther Hotel
Oh don't put that idea in their head, because they would do it and then raise our taxes again to support the damn thing.

Their latest project if financially propping up Canada's only tissue bank to the tune of one million a year.
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Any time I see Richard Florida's name in an article I think "oh oh, here comes 'the gays'"

But seriously, I understand that people are happy with the change to the downtown -- I think it's great too! But I think the idea of opportunity costs needs to be drilled into Civic and Provincal staff.
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Thought I'd bump this up a little...Huge project, maybe 3 cranes to the skyline at some point?, Hotel in the works..Anybody drive by past the site lately?

2013-03-26
Winnipeg Convention Centre expansion starts soon

Construction is due to start later this spring on an expansion to the Winnipeg Convention Centre. The $180-million expansion to the 1975 building will almost double the size of the downtown facility, with a 340,000-sq. ft. addition being built on land that is now a parking lot. The existing building of 492,000 square feet will also receive structural and electrical upgrades.


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Thought I'd bump this up a little...Huge project, maybe 3 cranes to the skyline at some point?, Hotel in the works..Anybody drive by past the site lately?
Drove by it this week... Nothing has begun as of yet.
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Old Posted May 4, 2013, 5:31 PM
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Drove by it this week... Nothing has begun as of yet.
Thx for the update, I guess it's just still the fence around the site I seen several months ago.

But at least the exterior renos on the WCB look like they're wrapping up/or have, another topic.
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But at least the exterior renos on the WCB look like they're wrapping up/or have, another topic.
Now only need to get rid of that stubborn parking lot!
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Now only need to get rid of that stubborn parking lot!
So true..
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Actually reg: parking lots, I think it would be a blast to have an official Winnipeg parking lot thread, Maybe a map involved, where we can knock of parking lots as they are developed/ and or removed...thiers so many..
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Actually reg: parking lots, I think it would be a blast to have an official Winnipeg parking lot thread, Maybe a map involved, where we can knock of parking lots as they are developed/ and or removed...thiers so many..
Go far enough, and you will find that I made one a few years back for that reason.
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Go far enough, and you will find that I made one a few years back for that reason.
I will have a look ..but with the internet these days, It's like fast food, in/out.. current forum 1st page/out...oh well maybe we can ressurect it and keep it up to date, I wanted to start a crane thread for wpg. but I'd just be laughed at. oh well..
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RBC Convention Centre is the new name!
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Digging for the expansion appears to have started:

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/bus...214109451.html
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Digging for the expansion appears to have started:

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/bus...214109451.html
Yes, they have begun stripping off the old parking lot and will begin excavation shortly.
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Bad ass! So they will be doing the Convention Centre expansion before announcing the hotel design/tenant?
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Just in case you missed anything, Chad, here are some of the latest ones (note it appears its going to be a whole makeover of the original building as well, not just a simple building attachment):
Thanks Roccerfeller, I edited the first post to show the renders and building plans you posted!
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Old Posted Jul 4, 2013, 6:24 PM
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Bad ass! So they will be doing the Convention Centre expansion before announcing the hotel design/tenant?
Yes. The Hotel development is adjacent to the WCC and not part of the construction of the WCC.
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