Pedestrian or not? It’s up for your interpretation.

Photo by Krista

At a family celebration a couple of years back, I had the chance to see panoramic views of my city. One such vista was of the Esplanade Riel, a pedestrian bridge spanning the Red River alongside the Provencher Bridge, which carries vehicle traffic.

Esplanade Riel and the Provencher Bridge represent much more than simply a way to traverse the murky waters of the Red River. They connect English-speaking Downtown Winnipeg with St. Boniface, a primarily French-speaking neighborhood in which Louis Riel, the father of Manitoba, was born.

Esplanade Riel — photo by Krista.

What struck me most, seeing it from high atop the city, was that Esplanade Riel’s striking design is anything but “pedestrian,” which also means “lacking inspiration or excitement; dull.” It seems fitting that such a beautiful walkway is the path that connects people of different languages and cultures.

What does pedestrian mean to you? Perhaps this is a great chance to go out and practice some street photography. Maybe you’ll capture something truly “pedestrian” — something that could use a dose of inspiration. Regardless of how you interpret this challenge, I’m looking forward to seeing the results.

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  1. Krista, great challenge – thanks! Do you (or anybody else readng this) happen to knwo if this bridge is by Santiago Calatrava? Looks like it is…

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  2. Paris has much to offer to anyone, but to fully experience it, you must take it slow like sipping a good wine. In other words, you must proceed with the intention that you’d be coming back.

    What a better way to do that than to sit outside a cafe and watch people as the locals do. You can see them, in different shapes and colors, come and go about their business, immersed in a world of their own making. What’s interesting, though, is that before you can pass judgment on them, they’re gone and a new group of folks appear.


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