Category Archives: Downtown

What creates downtown vibrancy?

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Recently I was as asked to tackle this question as a guest speaker of the Downtown Boise Association Annual General Meeting. What I thought would be a quick 15-minute PowerPoint presentation became a deep-dive, soul-searching exercise that lasted for days!

A vibrant downtown, as I understand it, is defined differently by different people. I believe vibrancy is the interaction between lots of diverse people in an incredible collection of unique places. A vibrant downtown is where people come home to, go to work or hang out with friends. Continue reading What creates downtown vibrancy?

Can biking transform your life and our downtown?

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Downtown

Cycling in Winnipeg has come a long way in 10 years and has been a greater priority over the last two, primarily because of record investment in cycling infrastructure by our mayor and city hall. There is a better understanding of the importance of cycling in the day-to-day lives of people, in particular our downtown.

For me, I love cycling and no doubt it has defined who I am today, as it has for so many people. Continue reading Can biking transform your life and our downtown?

Are we ready to give the Hudson’s Bay building its second lifeline downtown?

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Downtown

Revitalization of the Hudson’s Bay building? That’s a tough nut to crack. It’s big; it’s old and obsolete, and built in an era in which retail was the downtown. Retail in Winnipeg is now scattered throughout the city, in big box stores and large shopping centres, and in places to which residential growth has been redirected – in the suburbs.

Today, downtown retail primarily serves office workers and local residents. Large spaces like Hudson’s Bay cannot function the way they did in the mid-1900s, and as a result its 800,000-square-foot space has been scaled down. Continue reading Are we ready to give the Hudson’s Bay building its second lifeline downtown?

Downtown belongs to the people

In our Winnipeg, it has always been a central and inclusive meeting place – where people have gathered, raised their voices, been heard and respected and kept safe.

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Downtown

Last month, hundreds of thousands of women and their supporters took to the streets in Washington, D.C. and in cities across the United States and Canada and around the world in anti-Trump marches. These marches – powerful, historic and inclusive – took place in the downtown neighbourhoods of their respective cities. Continue reading Downtown belongs to the people

A great downtown BIZ’s goal

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Downtown

Following a three-month public engagement and consultation process with 2,000 people who live, work and play in downtown Winnipeg, the Downtown Winnipeg Biz knows exactly what it has to do to take the downtown from good to great. That to-do list includes increasing night life while improving safety, adapting sidewalks and streets to better accommodate pedestrian and cycling traffic, promoting inclusiveness and embracing Indigenous culture, developing diverse housing options and new parking strategies, connecting distinct districts, beautifying public places, and supporting harm reduction initiatives. Continue reading A great downtown BIZ’s goal