Drowntown Drama

Blog(VictoriaPark)Victoria Park is a sloppy mess this time of the year. Whenever I go walking in there I wear rubber boots so I can slosh through the mini-lakes that have flooded four or five of the paths (picture above).

When I headed out for a short walk tonight I just wore runners and stuck to Victoria Ave. I still encountered obstacles though. The first (pictured after the jump) was at the southeast corner of Rose and Victoria. You had your choice of hiking down Vic perilously close to the inside east-bound driving lane for a fair bit or ducking around the corner and finding a spot where the slough thinned out. When you did that, though, you were met with a build-up of ice on a narrow swath of grass between the sidewalk and curb.

The second photo is from the north side of the intersection at Cornwall and Victoria. Because of its skewed layout it’s already a safety challenge. To photograph the actual size of this mini-Wascana I would’ve needed a crane. But even what’s in the photo is pretty daunting.

I managed okay. So it’s no big deal for me. But for a lot of other people in the high traffic downtown… I don’t know, is this the best we can do?

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9 thoughts on “Drowntown Drama”

  1. Pic #2 so does the CoR expect the business’ at Rose & Vic etc… to pay for THEIR crumbling sidewalks too? Not removing snow ,on top of Not sweeping the streets in the autumn, during the Elm leaf fall… only adds to this mess.

    It’s time Reginans demand a term limit to city council, & cap their salaries. Can’t make any real change after 10-16 years, please be gone.

  2. Carry something poky, and clear plugged drains any time you can. Become the world’s most boring superhero.
    I’m willing to bet that some of these spots are downhill of the nearest drain though.

  3. Amen, Barry, and land slope figures largely in residential drainage, as well. The easement behind my house should drain to the north, where the catch basin is, but much of the water runs south. I have the large puddle at the end of my driveway and on the public sidewalk to prove it.

    From what I’ve observed, downtown storm drains are mostly blocked by loose litter: cups, paper, construction debris, etc. You’d think that city workers would do something about that.

  4. TFjr…I read this as Greg’s observation of how cruddy its going to be over the next while for pedestrians to make their way through dt yqr..

    Barb… city workers… you meant city “managers”,not the actual labourers …right?

  5. Starting to sound a bit like a table of grumpy seniors in a small-town gas station coffee hole. I guess on this occasion, I can silver-line the whole thing by saying at least the stupid sh*t is melting. I was just wondering if this was spoof-angst, liek Greg’s column last summer about the city grinding down heaved-up uneven sidewalk slabs as if that was anything but excellent.

  6. Since when is it mere grumpiness to care about the condition of the streets on which one lives? And watch yourself: you’re coming across as ageist.

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