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Market Square, Bowmanville, Canada, 2006[open in full screen]  

 
 

Story about Bowmanville Market Square is a very sad one. Back in 1897, see little photo bellow right, people were celebrating Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee on their wonderful, architecturally well defined, urban square. It was their favourite place for trade and social communication. What was left today of that space? Nothing, not even a name.

City hall, built 6 years later in 1903, is still on its place. Almost invisible from the Temperance street hidden behind row of trees, is a left over space. On the photo bellow form 1905 space around city hall is still recognizable.

  Our map is showing in red leftover space today and in yellow area of the square as existed in 1897.

It does not have any function today except for the monument to the solders who died in world wars. Old market square space is today used mainly for parking and one story retail. It was totally unnecessary to destroy the heart of the city.

Great effort from the group of enthusiasts is obvious in nice preserved atmosphere in the King street and old residential neighbourhood but the potential to be the national tourist attraction and example of how historic neighbourhoods should be treated and saved, is in a big way lost.

  This square is part of "Bowmanville", psychogeographical portrait, subjective analysis of neighbourhood behaviors, created for the project "Digital neighbourhoods" in cooperation with B. Humber at Revitalization Institute, Seneca College, Toronto, August 2006,

PDF Interactive document 5.2 MB of this project.

 
           
   
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