Downtown Indigenous campus celebrates 25 years of getting people on the right track
[By Alexandra Paul, Winnipeg Free Press, December 9, 2017]
Winnipeg’s once thriving core area had hollowed out, turn-of-the century homes were converted into rooming houses and Main Street was a derelict shadow of its former self.
Enter the Winnipeg Core Area Initiative. The multimillion-dollar facelift for downtown brought together three levels of government to do the heavy lifting. Old storefronts on Portage Avenue, even beloved ones, fell to the wrecking ball, and Portage Place mall rose out of the rubble anchored by the venerable Hudson’s Bay at one end of the skywalk and Eaton’s at the other. Later, development would transform a tangle of ugly rail yards into the tourist destination we know as The Forks.