A Little More Relaxed

One of the great things about Windsor is how everything in general is a little more relaxed.

Take this photo for example, had I been on the Detroit side with my camera under the bridge, I probably would have been shot. A freind of mine’s son was detained by Homeland Security a few years ago for having a camera in the vicinty of Bridge.

Being under the bridge is kind of nerve wracking, as I have noticed in other places, large chunks of concrete that gave way to below. Most of the bridge is fenced off over here, not in the name of “Homeland Security” but in the hope to avoid lawsuits of falling debris. Most of the bridge runs feet from the University of Windsor Campus, and there is a lot of Student Parking on the other side of the bridge. It’s a shame that people are denied the freedom to wander and photograph under and around the bridge. The Art Deco massing of the piers was designed by Architect Wirt Rowland of Smith, Hinchman & Grylls who also designed the Guardian, Buhl and Penobscot Buildings. The bridge is a work of art intself, and I think it is really not appreciated as it should be.

However, all that being said, I liked it better when it was Black.

4 Comments so far

  1. baliad (unregistered) on August 9th, 2005 @ 7:13 am

    i watched that video in the guardian building, but i don’t recall it mentioning that rowland contributed to the ambassador bridge… that’s fantastic… i wish he woulda designed the bridge a lot more like the guardian building… that woulda been incredible…

  2. Mollika* (unregistered) on August 10th, 2005 @ 10:09 am

    Nice shot? When did the bridge change from black to blue?

  3. Mollika* (unregistered) on August 10th, 2005 @ 11:03 am

    Sorry. Correction. Meant to write “Nice shot.” Minus the question mark.

  4. Andrew (unregistered) on August 10th, 2005 @ 12:07 pm

    Mollika, The Bridge was Black from 1928 until 1999/2000, when Matty Maroun chose this teal color.

    Rumor on the street has it that he chose a lighter color so that he could see the progress of the painting crews just by driving by. Changing from the black forced the crews to work faster. In November 2000, a scaffolding collapsed on the Windsor side sending a few painters into the river from the roadway above. One of them wasn’t found until late spring when a fisherman caugh more than he bargained for.

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