What might downtowns look like in the future? What are the possibilities for new ideas and approaches?
Provocations on the Future of Downtowns: What’s Possible?
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A roundup of the most compelling ideas, themes and quotes from this candid conversation
- Whether or not cities bounce back will depend on the choices they make.
- Now is the time to design streets for people and inclusive gatherings.
- A better city won’t happen without proactive effort: fight for it.
- Culture is a major driver of the future success landscape and Canadian creative talent needs radical investment. Transforming everyday spaces into artistic lifelines can unlock potential.
- City cores of the future need to be centred on people. A focus on arts and culture is a bottom-up way to build programming, invest, and leverage technology.
- Indigenous people are creating opportunities to generate economic prosperity for their communities through city-building projects that are aligned with their values.
- Downtowns could be even more vibrant and active post-pandemic. The centrally-located office remains the site where employees can “learn by osmosis”.
- The future of city cores starts with a story, builds out from the user experience, designs systems rather than shapes, plans for platforms not uses, and champions nature’s reclamation.
- The future requires hyper-diverse spaces. Tomorrow’s great residential spaces could emerge from today’s lacklustre office buildings.
- Federal spending, private capital and institutional investment are ready to deploy; “command centres” in local communities can help ensure that spending is in the service of equity and community wealth building.
- Covid-19 has devastated already marginalized communities. Local business leaders are also advocates for social change.
- Using the same old recipe won’t work anymore. Empower the younger generation through new tools.