Here are some colorful insights about the Grey Cup weekend from Mike the administrator at a popular Winnipeg blog site, Tear it Down. His sarcasm pretty much nails the problem with suburban flight in Winnipeg. Maybe this time they’ll stay and see an Albert show.
So this is what downtown looks like.
You wanna see some crazy sh..? Head to downtown Winnipeg this weekend people are on the streets. Most of them are weird dudes dressed in green coveralls emblazoned with slogans such as “Rider pride“or “Farming rules so hard,“but even some Winnipeggers have been seen downtown. Yes, suburban Winnipeg has ventured past St. Vital Centre to see what’s happening downtown. I know, I know. It’s totally weird to see people enjoying the area and having a good time without fear of being killed by the murderous homeless people and savage drug addicts who wait in eager anticipation to prey on unsuspecting suburbanites and steal their iPods. I assure you that for the next two days the downtown will be safe, even for soccer moms and minivan-driving dads. Hell, bring the little kids and let them get their very own first taste of downtown decay. Just drive in from Linden Woods or Whyte Ridge, park the SUV, and start walking around the core area, which is safe and secure because an army of cops are guarding the Grey Cup Festival. “Ooh! Just look at all the boarded-up windows and vacant buildings. Isn’t it all quaint and charming? Hey! Where’s the closest Jysk store? Or maybe Best Buy. I need to buy some linen and DVDs. Oh, those Bears on Broadway are so very droll, aren’t they?“Isn’t it funny how people are tourists in their very own city?
Be warned if you’re going visit the tear it down site. You might as well check your political correctness at the door.