A friend recently turned me on to this great facebook page that people are using to share old photos of Regina. It’s called, quite simply, Vintage Regina. There are some great shots of the city and I like the little discussions that happen around each photo – what date the photo was taken, what people remember about going to a certain place during that time (e.g. seeing Star Wars at the Roxy theatre).
RUE ran a few ‘Before and After‘ pieces awhile back that compared older photos like these to the present-day conditions. It was always interesting to see what had and had not changed. I’d love to feature some before and after comparisons for many of the photos on Vintage Regina if anyone is interested in taking that on!
Come down to the Central Branch Wednesday at 7:30pm to take part in a Jane’s Walk style stroll through the Library. The Friends of the RPL are hosting the tour as a way to celebrate 50 years of the Central Branch building. For more information call 535-9570, or visit www.friendsofrpl.ca.
Come to the Cornwall Centre today, October 4th from 11am to 7pm, to have a look at the new stadium plans. The will be facilitators on hand to answer questions.
This comes a day after the lead consulting architect on the stadium project made a presentation at Executive Committee.
Here’s a link to the RRI website regarding the event.
Well, there it is, the Regina Revitalization Initiative (RRI). The newest images for Regina’s proposed stadium were released to the media yesterday at a press conference held at City Hall. See the Globe and Mail, Prairie Dog and The Leader Post for more.
Details of the whole project, plus the above video, can be found at the City’s webpage, http://www.reginarevitalization.ca/. I would recommend everyone take a look at the Stadium concept booklet (here). It provides specifics on the stadium and an overview of the whole RRI project.
This is the most recent of three concepts for a Regina Sports Facility in as many years. It is becoming hard to take these seriously. It is anyone’s guess if the facility presented on Wednesday (yet again a ‘stadium’ even after Mayor Fiacco seemingly banned the word, this time last year, from council chambers in favour of ‘Multi Purpose Entertainment Facility’) will be what sits on the Exhibition Grounds in 2017.
Wednesday, April 18th there is a community meeting hosted by parents at Connaught school, located on Elphinstone and 13th avenue. Parents want to discuss and hear how the community feels about building a new school or renovating the existing building.
I attended the P3 Architects’ presentation at the April 4th consultation (see this by Trish Elliott) meeting and during that initial part, there was no mention of renovation. The presentation focused on new types of learning environments and school structures rather than present options for reuse/renewal. It would seem people must act quickly to register a desire for retention of the original building because removing it, at least from the consultation, felt like an inevitability.
The meeting starts at 7pm and will be held in the nutrition room which can be accessed from the Wise Owl entrance on the northwest side of the building.
We have known for some time that the Crescent Apartments at 1550 14th Avenue are not long for this world. The tenants have received their eviction notices. The building appears to be empty. Over the last few weeks, the property owner attempt to remove the Crescent Apartments from the Heritage Holding bylaw to expedite the removal of the building and allow construction of a new structure.
On February 29th, Regina Planning Commission met to review the application (RPC 12-11) from Westland Ventures Inc. and Granite Developments Inc. This meeting usefully highlighted some of the limitations of the City’s ability to preserve heritage buildings. Owners must apply for heritage designation, with the City only notifying property owners of potential financial incentives with designation once a potential change to a property/building is in the works. There’s one person dedicated to reviewing buildings on the heritage holding bylaw list. Any changes that trigger a permit will come across their desk. With only one person, the city seems to lack the capacity to take a pro-active approach with property owners before changes get underway.
Thursday February 2nd at 7:30 there is a meeting of the Friends of the Library to discuss concerns with the City Cultural Centre project (aka the new main branch library). The meeting will take place at the Cathedral Neighbourhood Centre, 2900 13th Avenue.
My main concern is keeping an art and foreign film theatre in downtown Regina. The RPL Film theatre is my favourite thing about the main library. So when I think about a new facility or an addition to the existing building, including or retaining theatre space is important in promoting more night life.
Following the break are some of my favourite theatres.