Revitalization

Stephen Avenue Walk, Calgary

By Jason Leach
Published April 05, 2007

Take a look at the Stephen Avenue Walk right in the heart of downtown Calgary:

Stephen Avenue Walk, Calgary (Source: Skyscraper Page)
Stephen Avenue Walk, Calgary (Source: Skyscraper Page)

Stephen Avenue Walk, Calgary (Source: Skyscraper Page)
Stephen Avenue Walk, Calgary (Source: Skyscraper Page)

Stephen Avenue Walk, Calgary (Source: Skyscraper Page)
Stephen Avenue Walk, Calgary (Source: Skyscraper Page)

These photos were posted to a thread in the Skyscraper Page about a proposal to create a pedestrian-only street in downtown Winnipeg.

But I have to ask: what city in its right mind would want this in their downtown when they could have five lanes of speeding cars, trucks, boarded up windows and dead bodies?

Jason Leach was born and raised in the Hammer and currently lives downtown with his wife and children. You can follow him on twitter.

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By Ted Mitchell (registered) | Posted April 05, 2007 at 13:19:05

Just to quell the critics of implementing such a move in downtown Hamilton, I put up a challenge:

Compare the return-on-investment in 5 years time of a pedestrian-only street like this with, say, widening Waterdown road. You might also look at who and how many people benefit from those dollars.

We don't have to look at asthetics, quality of life, improving Hamilton's image, air quality or any of those soft, insignificant factors.

Just do the study based on dollars alone. After all, that's all that matters in life.

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By Jon Dalton (anonymous) | Posted April 05, 2007 at 16:54:17

I love pedestrian only streets! Prince Arthur in Montreal (I think that's what it's called) has all these establishments that seem to open right up to the street and integrate everything with everything. Such a lively setting.

Seriously, I think King William between James and John would be prime territory for this. All these nice old storefronts and Pepper Jack Cafe and the Sky Dragon Centre right across from each other, and a restored Lister Block building? We just have to build something on those two huge parking lots.

I dream too much.

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By Ted Mitchell (registered) | Posted April 05, 2007 at 16:59:11

Just to quell the critics of implementing such a move in downtown Hamilton, I put up a challenge:

Compare the return-on-investment in 5 years time of a pedestrian-only street like this with, say, widening Waterdown road. You might also look at who and how many people benefit from those dollars.

We don't have to look at asthetics, quality of life, improving Hamilton's image, air quality or any of those soft, insignificant factors.

Just do the study based on dollars alone. After all, that's all that matters in life.

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By jason (registered) | Posted April 06, 2007 at 15:41:16

one more time Ted....

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By Steeltown (registered) | Posted April 07, 2007 at 14:45:34

King William would be the perfect candidate for this. From James to Hughson. I could see a problem with King William from James to John because of that bingo hall parking lot at King William. Though I think people can access that parking lot for the bingo hall by John St instead of King William.

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By jason (registered) | Posted April 09, 2007 at 09:04:32

yes, King William would be perfect, and of course let's not forget the most logical candidate - south leg of Gore from James to John.

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