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Old Posted Sep 17, 2007, 4:31 AM
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Downtown St. Catharines, ON

St. Catharines (population 131,989; metro 390,317) is an industrial city near Niagara Falls.



































































































































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Thanks for the great tour! It looks pretty nice.
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I enjoyed the photos. It looks like a very liveable city.
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Nice pictures. I'm always in that area in the Summer, but have never done a phototour of downtown St. Catharines (yet).

That last picture looks like it is of the buildings that you can see from Highway 406 just south of downtown. It looks very industrial and gritty from the expressway.
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Good to see so many of the historic buildings still in use. Thanks for sharing!
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That last picture looks like it is of the buildings that you can see from Highway 406 just south of downtown. It looks very industrial and gritty from the expressway.
Pretty sure that's where the photo was taken.

Thanks for the photos flar!
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Never been there so I enjoyed your excellent tour.
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Glad I saw these. Great photos and neat place.
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the mystery of st. catharines has been unravelled. never been.
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Cool pics, thanks Flar!

For those who don't know, that metro population figure for St. Catharines actually includes the neighbouring cities of Niagara Falls, Welland and Port Colborne.
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Awesome tour! My old stopping grounds (went to Brock U)!
You really have a nack for making rundown cities & towns look great!
Is there a Brock Phototour in the making, too?? It has got to be one of the nicest campuses in Ontario!
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^^No, I didn't make it to Brock, or Port Dalhousie, or Facer St.
I just focused on downtown, which I didn't find to be rundown at all. I've only been to St. Catharines a few times and I had heard that downtown was in rough shape, but it seemed alright to me. Actually, it reminded me of downtown Kitchener. Nothing fancy, nothing trendy, a few midrise offices, but no real decay and not many empty stores. I did see a few bums around the bus station, but that's to be expected in any decent sized city.

The last pic is from an overpass at hwy 406. It gives a bad impression and looks gritty, but it's just the backs of some old buildings on St. Paul. Between downtown and the highway there is a low lying plateau that appears to be a former industrial area. All that remains is that nice looking Canada Hair Cloth building and a lot of empty land. Great potential there.
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Some of those pics make it look like it's a much larger city. Nice stuff!

Do you use filters or is that dark-blue effect post-processing?
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brilliant job, flar! i've only been on the outskirts
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Thanks for presenting St. Catharines in a good light. So many people living here hate the city, and it's really sad. Hopefully Brian Macmullan can get some activity going downtown, with the performing arts centre and the Ice Dogs hitting the ice soon.
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Some of those pics make it look like it's a much larger city. Nice stuff!
There are quite a few modern offices buildings, none of them are tall but they give that impression.

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The dark blue is from a polarizing filter. I tend to overdo it, but you can make the sky very blue, almost black. It makes the clouds stand out and saturates other colours. It can also be used to control reflections on glass, water and the leaves on plants.


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Thanks for presenting St. Catharines in a good light. So many people living here hate the city, and it's really sad.
I guess that's another thing shared with Kitchener and most other cities in southern Ontario. Everyone hates their downtown and have some exaggerated notion that it's rundown. Probably because someone asked them for change once.

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OHL team, I presume, former Mississauga Ice Dogs? Niagara Falls used to have a team didn't they?
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Wonderful tour flar. Some great old buildings, and enough grit to keep SSPers happy.

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I didn't know whether to laugh or cry with this one:



Thanks for the pics.
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Buffalo's sister city, great architecture, I love it!
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Another fine tour, thanks.
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