Cities in the time of COVID-19: Why do local governments matter now more than ever?
Saving Downtowns: How do we #RestoreTheCore?
Cities in the time of COVID-19: How have visit patterns changed on main streets?
Main Street Action Week: Planning and Urban Design for Pandemic Recovery
Main Street Action Week: Rapid Placemaking for Main Streets
Main Street Action Week: Small Business-Friendly Policy for Main Streets
Main Street Action Week: Operational Trends and Actions for Retail Recovery
Cities in the time of COVID-19: What is the Role of Architecture in the Urban Recovery?
COVID Signpost 200 Days: How Do We Realize the Right to Home in the Next 100 Days?
COVID Signpost 200 Days: How Should Our Cities Prepare for Winter?
Programs and projects developed with partners to build vibrant, equitable, livable and resilient cities
Bring Back Main Street
Every 100 days, the Canadian Urban Institute is releasing a cross-Canada research report and convening a series of conversations about what’s working, what’s not, and what’s next. These signposts offer important directions for urban Canada about the lingering challenges we must face as a nation.
Publications & Tools
Research and tools for action that promote effective urban policies and best practices
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
Bring Back Main Street: Block Studies
To better understand how COVID-19 has impacted main streets and businesses, Vancouver City Savings credit union (Vancity), Vancity Community Investment Bank, and the Canadian Urban Institute conducted a series of seven Block Studies in British Columbia and Ontario.
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.