Contest Time

Contest TimeWalking around downtown Regina the other day, I started wondering which building among those that are currently vacant had been empty the longest. Pictured above is my nominee. It’s on the south side of 24-block 11th Ave. The name plate at the top identifies it as the Yaeger Block and says it was built in 1926.

I remember a funky restaurant/club being located there for a short time in the early to mid 1990s (called Soul Food, maybe?). But since it closed I’m pretty sure the building’s been empty. So that would be around 20 years.

If you have another nominee you’d like to put forward, feel free to enter it in the comments section.

Plywood Chic

Breezeway (window)I’m not exactly sure what happened to this display case window on the east side  of Scarth Street Mall, but it’s been boarded up like this since before the Grey Cup last November.

There seems to be some confusion about who is responsible for what in the breezeway that runs the length of the block. There are people who live and own businesses along that stretch of Scarth (which is part of the Victoria Park Heritage Conservation District), but their understanding is that Harvard Developments and the city have some sort of joint responsibility to maintain the breezeway under an easement arrangement that dates back to the mid-1990s. Although perhaps they’re mistaken in that regard.

Not to take anything away from the current arrangement, understand, as it certainly is a nice piece of plywood.

Disclosure: Greg Beatty lives in the Willoughby & Duncan building on the Scarth St. mall.