Friday, May 29, 2020

The end of a chapter in Kitchissippi: The motel/auto court era nears a close

The Kitchissippi Times is not publishing print editions of its newspaper this month, but we still have a digital edition. And I'm proud to share my column from this month, on a topic I initially thought might be a bit dry, but it ended up being a pretty interesting subject.

In the article, I explore the history of traveler/tourist accommodation in the Kitchissippi neighbourhood, and how it has paralleled the developments and shifts in North American transportation over the last century and a half. From the first inn on Richmond Road in 1864, through rough tavern hotels, prohibition, auto courts and cabinets, motels and large commercial hotels, Kitchissippi has experienced it all.

The article has a ton of vintage photos, and lots of info. Have a read at:

vintage Richmond Plaza photo circa 1960

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