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Sarnia is home to many oil refineries and is the biggest city on Lake Huron. It has a few decent highrises but the skyline is dominated by industry. The population is 71,000 and I took the pics on Mar. 15, 2005.



The Sarnia skyline




Bluewater Bridge connecting Sarnia to Port Huron, Michigan - it was just twinned about 8 years ago


































































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A few pics of Port Huron, Michigan across the river






 

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Sarnia isn't as bad as I thought. In fact, I expected A TON more stores boarded up like in Brantford. But there is a considerable amount of vacant storefronts, though, which is never a good sign for any downtown. But I agree downtown had a lot of potential and was wasted. BTW, that IMPERIAL THEATRE is a performing arts centre and is still operating well.

Either way, this city still looks a ton better than Brantford.
 

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It looks better now than i remember it looking when i was last in downtown Sarnia a few years ago. There seemed to be more vacant stores back then.
 

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Brutally dead town.
I head up there once in a bluemoon to visit my friend Chantelle, but she obviously comes to Windsor more often cause she thinks it's a huge great party city.
Sarnia isn't the worst of the worst, but it needs help, and it needs it fast.
 

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I haven't been to Sarnia in 20 years and god has its downtown gone downhill.
Neglect and poor planning. Chatham 60km to the south has half Sarnia's population but is a very pretty little city with an attractive and vibrant downtown. It, unlike Sarnia, has not allowed itself to be "malled" to death.
 

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^ yes, that is true, and actually Chatham was in a decline for some time, but while some parts of Chatham may be dumpy, its downtown is very nice... I got a few pics of downtown Chatham I took two years ago and I plan to go back down there again to take some more with my new digital camera. :) Mainly, because downtown Chatham has the only mall in the municipality of Chatham-Kent in the downtown Chatham Centre, and millions of dollars have been put in to revitalize store front and historic buildings, and even a new walkway and sidewalk. It's very unique. Things are looking up for Chatham now...

My phototour of Chatham
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=156787
 

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In the east end of the city near the 402, there is a ton of big box junk there, and Sarnia's largest shopping mall as well, similar to what Brantford has, and, IMO, it is A LOT for a city of 70,000, definitely drawing people away from downtown. As well, for things to do in Sarnia, NOTHING is downtown and is far from it, and Sarnia's considered an industrial-like city, and basically no people taking pride in downtown, I don't think, which is never a good sign. I just hope Sarnia's downtown doesn't get any worse than what it is now. It's bad enough.
 

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Sarnia is also a relativly new city compared to Chatham so it never had many interesting and old buildings downtown to begin with.
Yes, Sarnia allowed London Road to become a mall/strip mall haven and downtown is proff of that.
To bad because it has a nice little waterfront and some cute villages right around it ie Corruna, Bright's Grove.
 

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Since i live in Sarnia, i can say that downtown has alot of old buildings and isn't much of a "tourist attraction"...also, it really needs to be fixed. But, Sarnia does look alot nicer in the summer and the city has finally come around and started working on parts of it; like repaving the roads and fixing up sewer lines and highway exits (like front street). Now, it seems that downtown is the Lambton Mall/London road shopping district. If the city wants more visitors to visit the city and have a higher population (which would be nice)... I recommend fixing up most of the buildings downtown, and hopefully there will be some more vacant stores like they had years ago...The city needs to get a bit more things to do that occur through the whole year and not annually like Bayfest.
 

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The downtown looks kinda boring and depressing, a typical look for many smaller Canadian towns. But that bridge looks really nice. Would be nice to see some residential neighborhoods too.
 

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It's funny for all the flack that Sarnia has gotten over the years for its rough appearance, having lived there when I was young. The pictures actually make it look uglier than it really is. The Bayside Mall is what use to be the Eaton Centre when it opened in the 80's. It was a very big deal when it first opened, with below ground parking and located Downtown. The Lambton Mall is out by all the big box stores on London Road, but before anyone knocks the death of the Sarnia Downtown on these big box stores, this has been the hub of shopping in Sarnia for over 40 years. I think Sarnia has one of the best routes for Shopping I have seen located on London road, very little exists outside of this road in the city worth mentioning, and the Eaton Centre mall died because of the lack of desire of residents to attend a mall taken over by Drug users and rif raf. The Downtown died with the arrival of these people, not the arrival of big box stores! The truth is that the city is actually doing very well for skilled tradesman right now.
 

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What about little Point Edward? It was always a separate little place and as I recall it had its own little downtown to serve its few thousand. Is it still there and the little downtown still there?
 
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