Looking back, it is hard to believe that in the first decade of the 1900s Winnipeg was the fastest growing city in North America. Where it not for the completion of the Panama Canal in 1914, perhaps Winnipeg would truly have become the "Chicago of the North", given it's central location in the continent. But the author does point out that investment from Great Britain was drastically curtailed beginning in 1912 as the "Old Country" was diverting resources to prepare for the coming conflict with Germany, The Great War, as World War One as first known as. After the war, other Western Canadian cities, ie Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, and especially the port city of Vancouver began their expansion, siphoning off the growth that Winnipeg almost exclusively experienced earlier in the century.
An interesting historical perspective. The only drawback is that photographs tell the story, and this book needs a lot more photographs.