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More Aquarama

Once again a huge thank you to Bernie & John for digging into Bernie’s collection and coming up with a pair of beauties. Both these photos were shot by Bernie Drouillard in the spring of 1991 as the Aquarama sat rusting away in the west end. March 23…
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Bali-Hi Motor Hotel

I’m hoiping someone has some memories of this place… Canada’s FIRST and most EXOTIC Hotel 1280 Ouellette Ave., Windsor, Ontario on King’s Highway No. 2 & 3 Windsor Phone CL 6-4575 – Detroit Phone WO 1-2121 Located in downtown…
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Equity Chambers

Equity Chambers on Chatham St. in downtown Windsor, hides the story of its history behind a renovation. Looking at the architectural styling of the facade, I would guess this renovation took place in the late 1920’s. When the old City hall was demolished, and while the current one was under construction, Equity Chambers served as the interim City Hall in 1955 and 1956. The building was…
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Downtown Windsor - Part V

Today we wrap up the downtown series with a tour of “The Avenue South District” or whatever moronic fake brand has been assigned to the area south of Wyandotte. Junky, messy tags. The results of harmless partying? Long time downtown retailer Doctor Disc.
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Downtown Windsor - Part IV

The tour continues today… Along Maiden Lane you can find the shop of downtown advocate Betty Wilkinson, her shop “Works on Paper” is a great local gem of a used book store, and the kind of buisness we need downtown for revival. She has stated in the…
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Downtown Windsor - Part III

Continuing to make our south along Ouellette… The Park Building is quite possibly the worst and most un-needed stucco job on the strip. The person responsible needs to really give their head a shake… Stuccoed and vacant… A detail shot shows how marked up and chipped the cladding is. Looks like crap IMO. More vacancy along the Ouellette side… Uncleared sidewalks.
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Downtown Windsor - Part II

We start today’s tour along University Avenue East at what I like to refer to as the trifecta of vacancy. Closed & vacant former Bus Station Closed & vacant former Top Hat Nightclub Closed & vacant former Windsor Armouries. The only decent plan for…
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Downtown Windsor - Part I

On Friday over at Scaledown.ca, I got into a debate with someone about the state of downtown. Many others also argued with him, all with the same lack of success or resolution. On Sunday (yesterday), I decided to head out and do a full walk around the area used as a…