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Civic administrators want to revive a small street that was the scene of key events in the 1919 General Strike.

The proposal is for an extensive streetscaping effort on Elgin Avenue, from Lily to Bertha streets.

That portion of Elgin, in the east Exchange, was nicknamed Hell’s Alley after two workers were killed there by officers of the Northwest Mounted Police during the 1919 general strike.

The administration said the streetscaping plan would complement the overall streetscaping that has taken place in the neighbourhood, adding it’s needed to correct drainage issues that impact development on adjacent James and Market avenues.

The administration is proposing designs that focus on interpretive elements that reflect the street’s historic role.

The $800,000 cost of the project is to be taken from the remaining proceeds of the 2009 sale of the Winnipeg Square Parkade.

While the downtown development committee endorsed the project, it will must be approved by council at its July 16 meeting.

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

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Updated on Monday, July 7, 2014 at 12:50 PM CDT: Corrects typo

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