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?
COVID Signpost 200 Days: What is the State of Our Cities at Day 200?
Cities in the Time of COVID-19: How can we leverage the power of design and engagement to make better main streets?
Joining CUI host Mary W. Rowe for our ongoing series of candid conversations – How can we leverage the power of design and engagement to make better main streets? – are Anjuli Solanki, Program Director of The STEPS Initiative; Jason Robbins, Principal Architect at JC Robbins Architecture and 1st Vice President of the RAIC Board; Devin Segal, Director of Landscape Architecture at Fathom Studio; Mitchell Reardon, Experiments, Urban Planning & Design Lead at The Happy City; and Mark Lakeman, Founder of City Repair.
Cities in the Time of COVID-19: How are restaurants and nightlife adapting to the pandemic?
Joining CUI host Mary W. Rowe for our ongoing series of candid conversations – How are restaurants and nightlife adapting to the pandemic? – are Alicia Scholer, Vice President of the Responsible Hospitality Institute; Matt Webber, owner of Berkeley North; Patrick Watt, Senior Partner, Foodservice and Strategy Expert at J.C. Williams Group; Chef Vikram Vij, owner at Vij's Restaurants group; and Wendy Nicolay, co-owner of Cascade Restaurant Group.
Programs and projects developed with partners to build vibrant, equitable, livable and resilient cities
Ontario Excess Soil Symposium
Right to Home
Publications & Tools
Research and tools for action that promote effective urban policies and best practices
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.
Rapid Placemaking to Bring Back Main Streets
The Pandemic Recovery Toolkit for Local Communities provides examples of programming and interventions, as well provides advice on how to use inclusive process for rapid placemaking. It is can be used by residents, community groups, BIAs/BIDs, and city staff working to revive main streets and core spaces in big cities, suburbs and small towns.
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.