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?→
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.
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.
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→
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→
Let drivers get what they pay for and there should be room for everyone: that’s today’s interesting – though not necessarily popular – working theory as talks continue.
Let’s face it — no one wants to pay for parking. Yet we all want to park near where we shop, dine and visit. This has always been a challenge and opportunity for great and vibrant downtowns.
Economic development gurus Gregory Pierce and Donald Shoup say it best: “Underpriced (free) and overcrowded curb parking creates problems for everyone except a few lucky drivers who find a cheap space; all the other drivers who cruise to find an open space waste time and fuel, congest traffic and pollute the air. Overpriced and under-occupied parking also creates problems; when curb spaces remain empty, nearby merchants lose potential customers, workers lose jobs and cities lose tax revenue.” Continue reading Dealing with our downtown parking challenges→