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Old Posted Jan 2, 2009, 6:19 AM
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WELLAND, ON: Neighbourhoods, downtown, industry and Plymouth Cordage housing

WELLAND, ONTARIO

Welland is an industrial city of 50,000 on the Niagara Peninsula. The Welland Canal, railroads and hydro power from
Niagara Falls once attracted industry to Welland, but like other Great Lakes cities its industrial base has declined. Still,
Welland has many older neighbourhoods with solid housing. Much of Welland's housing is not typical of Ontario, often
showing American influences. Some of Welland's unique housing is in the Plymouth Cordage Heritage District, a
neighbourhood of company housing built in the early 1900's by the Plymouth Cordage Company for their many Italian
workers who relocated from Plymouth, MA. Welland also has a large French community courtesy of a Cotton Mill that
relocated workers from Quebec.




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Stunning photo-set. Was that the abandoned Atlas Steels I saw?

I also appreciate the shots of the Rex Hotel, Sacred Heart, the Cotton Mill, and that nameless corner store in the heart of Frenchtown.
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good looking older homes
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Stunning photo-set. Was that the abandoned Atlas Steels I saw?

I also appreciate the shots of the Rex Hotel, Sacred Heart, the Cotton Mill, and that nameless corner store in the heart of Frenchtown.
I didn't make it to the steel plant, the photo you're thinking of is probably CanForge. There is a lot more I could have photographed but I stayed within walking distance of the core. Welland is a fairly interesting place with its rail and shipping history (at least to me it is). Without really knowing Welland, I had a feeling the Rex Hotel was a landmark of sorts.
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Welland is cool.
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Thanks for the post flar.
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Tons of great buildings. And they look great in the snow, thanks!
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Great pictures. I've heard people say that Welland is crap, but I don't think that it's too bad, especially with no canal traffic going through town anymore, and no lake for recreation purposes.

Finally, a place in Ontario that I beat you to!
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If anyone ever makes the trek to Welland, Rose City Pizza is a great place to stop once you're there. They do exactly one type of pizza slice - these giant pepperoni rectangles. Worth stopping by if you're in the area
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Great tour, thanks.
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Old Posted Jan 11, 2009, 12:38 AM
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Great pictures. I've heard people say that Welland is crap, but I don't think that it's too bad, especially with no canal traffic going through town anymore, and no lake for recreation purposes.

Finally, a place in Ontario that I beat you to!
Every industrial town gets a bad rap. To me, they're often the most interesting. But they do have some hard times ahead with the closing of the big John Deere plant.



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Me likey Welland, nice photos.
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I didn't make it to the steel plant, the photo you're thinking of is probably CanForge. There is a lot more I could have photographed but I stayed within walking distance of the core. Welland is a fairly interesting place with its rail and shipping history (at least to me it is). Without really knowing Welland, I had a feeling the Rex Hotel was a landmark of sorts.
You are tapping into some serious history. It is very rare to see someone walking around Welland with a camera, but it makes for a fascinating photography subject.

Yes, the Rex Hotel is a landmark. Probably the best (or at least best-loved) restaurant. Try their pizza if you have the chance.

As another poster has alluded to, Welland is famous for pizza. Probably the best in Ontario.
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You are tapping into some serious history. It is very rare to see someone walking around Welland with a camera, but it makes for a fascinating photography subject.

Yes, the Rex Hotel is a landmark. Probably the best (or at least best-loved) restaurant. Try their pizza if you have the chance.

As another poster has alluded to, Welland is famous for pizza. Probably the best in Ontario.
Let's not get carried away. I've had RC Pizza and have known people that work there, both weren't that great.
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good shots of the old town, flar.

If you ever go back, try the Italian food at "La Cantina" or the pizza at "The Rex" which has some of the best pizza around (I recommend getting it with "the works"). avoid Rose City Pizza. bleh.

Welland was once an industrial giant for being such a small city. Welland is unique for its large Francophone population. The industry sector continues to die a slow, painful death with the impending closure of John Deere. When Atlas Steels closed my dad found employment in Hamilton (at Hamilton Specialty Bar), and when that plant closed he found employment as Chief Metallurgist at a small steel mill in South Carolina, where my parents have been since summer '07.

Welland was a decent town to grow up in (albeit kinda boring) and I still have a few friends there, but am glad I no longer reside there.
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This used to be Welland's top restaurant called "Rinderlin's". It was owned by a German couple that also own(ed?) a restaurant in Toronto and offered French haute cuisine. It was reviewed back in the day by Janice Okun of the Buffalo News and given 3 out of 4 stars. My aunt used to take my brother and cousin and I there for meals we could not appreciate when we were young. The clientele was doctors, lawyers, accountants and the like who also kept "The Welland Club" in business.

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Welland looks alright to me!
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Nice tour. That company housing is neat.
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