Ultrasonic Alarm Call 12: The End…

… but not of the Ultrasonic Alarm Call. We trudge onwards.

No, in this episode, we shoehorn several topics into the theme of endings.

We’re having a look at the end of condominium conversions (for now), the end (maybe) of the walking strategy downtown (or maybe that’s a product of my paranoid imagination), the end of analog film in Regina’s theatres (and the beginning of UltraAVX awesomeness), the Last Mountain Distillery in Lumsden, the latest True Knit Art Show (meaning, Cassie and Cookie are back in our ultraswank recording studio and have pretty much taken over things), and, finally, the sad passing of Steve Jobs.

Ultrasonic Alarm Call 12 — The End: At the table, Aidan Morgan (host), Shane Hnetka, Cookie Madill, Elan Morgan, Cassie Ozog and me. Music by the Lazy MKs. Runtime: 40 min inane chatter, 2 min 18 sec of Cookie laughing.

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Author: Paul Dechene

Paul Dechene is 5’10” tall and he was born in a place. He’s not there now. He’s sitting in front of his computer writing his bio for this blog. He has a song stuck in his head. It’s “Girl From Ipanema”, thanks for asking.

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6 thoughts on “Ultrasonic Alarm Call 12: The End…”

  1. You know what I would like? A transcription of every podcast. I can’t listen to it at the office, but I sure can sneak a peek at this page now and then.

  2. Gang: Believe it or not, the plan has ALWAYS been that 12th Avenue would be open to traffic.
    I am not surprised at all that all of a sudden there is going to be a “traffic study” for downtown….. but I would argue that this should have been part of the original plan — to take a look at things in the “after” picture and see if they fit what we wanted in the “before” picture.
    One thing that was in the downtown plan which has seen little-to-no action is the “excellent transit system”. Of course there is no head of transit right now though. Will there ever be? Will the city just completely abandon public transit?

  3. anon#2: About the plaza being open to traffic…. yes, anyone who’s been following this process closely has known that the plaza is intended for car traffic.

    I do find it interesting though how many people — people who aren’t completely oblivious to what’s going on at city hall, even — have missed that detail. And I’m not inclined to say, “Oh, you should have just been paying closer attention.” I think a lot of people knew or read or heard at one point that the plaza would be shared between walkers and vehicles, but once they see the plaza, it’s so clearly pedestrian focused that fact kind of gets erased from the memory.

    Depending on your point of view, then, the plaza is either totally failing to convey its function or completely succeeding.

    Personally, the plaza perplexes me and I’m reserving final judgment.

    About the traffic study… What concerns me is that the goal of the downtown plan is to slow traffic down and make the downtown more walkable. I’m worried having a traffic study just a year after we started to put through the first few tentative stages of the plan signals that city hall wants to go back to speeding traffic through the downtown.

    I’m not saying that’s what’s going to happen. Just saying it’s worth keeping an eye out for.

    Plus, I suspect the study is being motivated by the way traffic is currently flowing downtown. But should we really be judging traffic there when there’s so much construction going on? Just seems premature to start hollering for a traffic study when we haven’t seen how traffic will flow when things get to something approaching normal.

    As for transit… All good questions.

    In fact, we not only have no head of transit (that I’m aware of) but we also have no manager of community and protective services (who the transit director reported through to).

    I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise, then, that the only evidence of action on the Transit Investment Plan are the purchase of a few new buses and new fare boxes.

  4. Aw, you guys don’t have to be sad about “the end of analog in Regina’s theatres.” The Kramer IMAX Theatre still has real film! And still employs 3 projectionists. They’re quite a wonderful bunch, I must say. (Yes, as some of you know, I work there.)

    The IMAX converted to 3D last year, so our film projectors (or projectionists) aren’t going anywhere any time soon.

    Also, we are working hard to bring in more feature-length films (we are opening Harry Potter 7.2 on October 29). We can’t yet compete with places like the Galaxy for first run feature length films (being a one screen theatre makes that tough for us), but we do try to bring in the most visually appealing films when we can. You’ll enjoy stadium seating (no heads in your way) in some of the most comfortable chairs in the city, the largest screen in the province (52×72 feet!), and a surround sound system that actually shakes our building sometimes (luckily OUR neighbours are far away).

    Also the shorter documentaries we play are getting better and better. Production quality sure has gone up in recent years. IMAX and Warner Brothers teamed up for both Hubble and Born to be Wild and produced two fantastic flicks, and I look forward to what they produce in the future. Born to be Wild is actually a first run documentary; hopefully it won’t be too long before we can open another first run.

    Cheers!

  5. I am always astonished whenever I hear another person surprised that traffic is going to be going through the plaza. Especially since there are so many douchebags out there who have been screaming about reopening it to traffic, and freaking out every time the date gets pushed back. See: the City of Regina’s facebook page.

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