Transforming public spaces to respond to COVID-19
What don’t we know about COVID-19 in Canada’s cities?
COVID Signpost: 300 Days
Coming Up: December 2
What new powers do cities need?
Coming Up: November 25
Cities in the Time of COVID-19: What is the future of universities in cities?
Coming Up: November 24
Can COVID-19 push governments to provide adequate housing?
Coming Up: November 10
Cities in the time of COVID-19: What is the future of our shared civic places as we cope with and emerge from COVID?
Coming Up: November 4
Cities in the time of COVID-19: Why do local governments matter now more than ever?
Coming Up: October 30
Saving Downtowns: How do we #RestoreTheCore?
Coming Up: October 28
Cities in the time of COVID-19: How have visit patterns changed on main streets?
Programs and projects developed with partners to build vibrant, equitable, livable and resilient cities
Restore the Core
CUI x Local
CUI x Local is a series of week-long virtual residencies to learn about local issues facing cities and connect the dots across urban Canada. We’ll be listening to and learning from local stakeholders on their most pressing challenges and surfacing examples of innovative and locally-driven solutions.
Bring Back Main Street
Publications & Tools
Research and tools for action that promote effective urban policies and best practices
COVID Signpost: 300 Days
Town of Halton Hills Climate Adaptation Plan
In It Together: Bringing Back Canada’s Main Streets
A new report from the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) with partners across the country urgently shines a light on the impacts of COVID-19 on main streets in Canada, and offers dozens of actions for governments, business and community leaders to strengthen local economies, neighborhoods and communities.
Main Street Design Challenge Playbook
The Design Challenge Playbook reflects the importance of design in revitalizing our streets and showcases creative and practical interventions to help us build back better than ever.The designs come from architects and students, planners and placemakers, community animators and artists. They range widely, from the highly prescriptive to the more conceptual. In some cases, they serve as blueprints; in other cases, they provide inspiration, with key details to be locally crafted.
COVID Signpost: 200 Days
COVID Signpost: Regional Perspectives
Briefs and videos featuring original insight, analysis, and stories about what’s working, what’s not and what’s next for urban Canada
Planning and Urban Design to Bring Back Main Street
Operational Trends and Potential Actions for Main Street Retail Recovery
This solution brief, from J.C. Williams Group, focuses on the role that local business organizations can take to help ensure that main streets remain lively areas of commerce. It presents an analysis of the trends and challenges experienced by retailers and suggests a series of potential actions for supporting the reopening, recovery, and renewal of main street commercial areas.
Supporting Main Street Recovery Through Small-Business-Friendly Policy
This solution brief from, 360 Collective, focuses on the role governments can play in supporting main street retail business sustainability and driving recovery. It presents an analysis of the key requirements of business success and suggests retail policy solutions in 5 areas.