The Value of Investing in Canadian Downtowns
The Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) was engaged by the International Downtown Association – Canadian Issues Task Force to carry out one of the most significant reviews of Canadian downtowns to date.
This ‘living’ project is the first of its kind – examining 17 downtowns across Canada to assess changes in attitudes, perceptions, functionality and performance over time. This project is envisaged to act as a resource for city builders, compiling evidence-based research that illustrates the importance of investing in downtowns. It also aims to inspire and inform city builders, with many excellent and innovative approaches to downtown revitalization and the various efforts that are being applied across the nation.
As part of this publication, this research examines downtown Charlottetown, Kingston, Hamilton, St.Catharines, Windsor, Regina and North Vancouver. The earlier round of this research issued in May 2012 examined Halifax, Fredericton, Ottawa, Toronto, London, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Vancouver and Victoria. As part of this publication, findings from both studies have been integrated to provide readers with an extensive picture of the contribution being made by downtowns across Canada.
This project will continue to grow with research being conducted in downtown Timmins, North Bay, Sudbury, Sault Ste Marie and Thunder Bay. All of these research efforts, when combined, are powerfully contributing to our collective knowledge of the value of investing in Canadian downtowns.