Hot discussions about the opening of the pedestrian traffic at the Portage and Main crossroads are still going on.
This intersection was closed to pedestrians in the late 70's. Then, as now, the residents of the city did not have a common opinion whether there was a pedestrian traffic. Two generations have grown since then, and no consensus was found on this issue.
At the initial closure of this crossroads for pedestrians, the decision was taken by five votes. After a long debate with a serious heat of passion, the city council voted 24-19 in favor of closing the intersection for pedestrians and organizing an underground passage.
After decades, this topic became relevant again. Mayor Bowman even made it the key point of his new electoral program.
Ironically, this situation can again be resolved by 5 votes. City Council already voted 10-5 to re-open a Portage and Main for pedestrians. Now, citizens of Winnipeg should express their opinion on the plebiscite, which will necessarily take place in October in the event of the reelection of the mayor Bowman.
Wednesday will be devoted to the discussion of this issue. It all starts with the Global Winnipeg Morning Seam and will continue all day. An honest discussion with facts and opinions will help you decide on the right attitude.