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What creates downtown vibrancy?

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Downtown

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?

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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Stefano Grande
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

Reconciliation in our downtown core

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Stefano Grande
Downtown

In this Year of Reconciliation, the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ and its 1,300 members have approved a work plan that will build upon a culture that is welcoming, inclusive and based on mutual understanding and respect.

Downtown is the face of our entire city. The diversity of people, ethnicity and culture there is as rich as any in the world. Downtown is a place where our indigenous community’s culture, music, art and history strengths reside and are proudly displayed. Continue reading Reconciliation in our downtown core