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Old August 14th, 2005, 11:24 PM   #1
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.:.: Waterloo CBD, Canada (Population 105,000)

WATERLOO CBD

1 Hour From Toronto

*A Typical Midsize North American City's CBD*




I set out early on a cloudy morning. I have a mission- to showcase Uptown Waterloo in a simple fashion- it's buildings and architecture from the 1990's are very conservative and plain. It's refreshing. This downtown did everything right, yet it still struggles to fix yesteryear's planning mistakes and quirks. The city put in a parking garage for shoppers and workers; they added inoffensive municipal government buildings; they have nice streetlamps with banners and many gardening boxes and landscaping; they put in a condo building for people to live downtown in; they have parking lots that are open for future development. This is a very typical North American downtown in many respects, yet at the same time, it has more leftover quirks. The downtown revolution is only hitting this city in a big way now, and the big changes are only coming. So, please enjoy this phototour as a midsized North American city with conservative flair- because soon, alot of that may change.
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Old August 14th, 2005, 11:31 PM   #2
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A rare view of the CBD. Conservative municipal buildings are very vanilla... but they are aging gracefully. At the time, they were ahead of the times, especially to be put in the downtown area.




A parking garage that doesn't look like a parking garage heh heh...


View up one of the main streets... horrible streetscape, however.


Snyder Art Gallery, and the prestigious and amazingly luxurious, contemporary, and timeless-interior Waterpark Place towers...






A beautiful neighbourhood adjoining the CBD. It has been almost completely cut off from traffic by making dead-ended streets in recent years.




Municipal buildings. It was early in the morning so nobody was outside, but generally it is a serene and peaceful downtown street.




Parking Garage view #1.


Parking Garage view #2... our downtown shopping mall was a huge planning mistake in the 1950's... it is being demolished and turned into streetfront retail, residential, and commercial.


A laneway running behind the main street.


Background to foreground... off in distance, university's library block, black building is famed Perimeter Institute, a physics thinktank, the red brick building is the pottery and glass gallery, converted house into Angie's Kitchen diner, red brick church, the tudor building is The Atrium shopping complex.


Regina Street: a slowly developing mixed-use neighbourhood where houses are being converted to businesses...










Seagrams Lofts: warehouses converted into loft apartments a few years ago.


Isn't it a pleasant place? This parking lot is much-hated, but makes for a nice view across the main drag of the CBD.


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Old August 15th, 2005, 12:27 AM   #3
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a classic town of the north america, thks for the image!
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Old August 15th, 2005, 03:23 AM   #4
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Thanks.

Waterloo @ night... looking flashy


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Old August 15th, 2005, 11:05 AM   #5
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不错嘛!!good
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Old August 15th, 2005, 01:36 PM   #6
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hey this where i live man! thanx for the pictures
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Old August 15th, 2005, 07:07 PM   #7
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Great pictures, I use to live there.
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Old August 18th, 2005, 07:21 PM   #8
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The surprisingly ambitious plans that were, unfortunately, cancelled in 2001...










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Old August 27th, 2005, 08:23 PM   #9
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It has a very strange street grid.. or lack thereof...




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Old August 27th, 2005, 08:40 PM   #10
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Waterloo CBD on August 20...
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Old August 28th, 2005, 01:21 PM   #11
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Hmmm, looks like a quite nice city. This summer I met a girl who lives in Waterloo (Ontario).
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great shots
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Old August 28th, 2005, 05:54 PM   #13
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Thank you. I hope more people can see Waterloo through this thread. It is the epitomy of North American life... nice neighbourhoods of all types and price ranges, community events, museums, shops, parks, etc... So, no, it's nothing special, really... but it's a gem in its own way.

By the way, to clear up confusion I am just calling it the Waterloo CBD, however we call it Uptown Waterloo. The downtown area is in our adjoining city, Kitchener. So, there is no downtown Waterloo... it is known officially as Uptown.



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Old August 28th, 2005, 07:31 PM   #14
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Yup, that's what Research In Motion Territory looks like! Waterloo is actually a very clean looking city and newer, too, due to the fact it looks suburban in some areas, but the changes to the Waterloo Town Square should do some good. In some areas, Waterloo kind of looks like a trendy university town, which it is.
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