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Old 06-20-2013, 05:54 AM
 
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Hello all. This might not really be the right place to ask this as it's not about cities per se, but generally I have lurked here for all sorts of interesting information so I figured it was worth a try.

I have always kind of had this weird obsession with Hornepayne, Ontario - largely owing to the fact that for such a small town (under 2,000 residents) that is so isolated it had an indoor city centre with shops, food, a hotel, and community services such as a teen centre, pool, gym, and school, and apartments. It's a similar idea I suppose to somewhere like Bramalea or Townsend, ON (which never took off) but I have also heard that it made sense at the time for the North to have the heart of the town under one roof owing to the cold and whatnot.

The Hornepayne Hallmark Town Centre closed last year or so because no one (neither private companies nor the government) would foot the bill after CN's agreement to fund it ran out. At least, I think it's closed, it's obviously not that heavily covered in the media.

What I'm curious about is what other small towns had this arrangement - are there a few or was it really just Hornepayne? Is there any place, especially in Ontario or Quebec, that has a still-functioning town centre like this?

This is the sort of thing I would be very interested in seeing firsthand, so I was pretty disappointed to see that it was lost before I had the chance to visit. Having grown up in a small town I really like the idea of having such a defined and comprehensive community centre.
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Old 06-20-2013, 08:43 AM
 
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The building is known as Le Mur (the wall).
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