Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Downtown progress

  • Print

A new report shows Winnipeg's downtown is heading in the right direction, but it's too early to pop the champagne. In fact, the worst thing that could happen would be for everyone to relax and let events take their course.

A revitalized downtown, particularly in a city like Winnipeg, is not a state of being. It's a goal, one we may never quite achieve, but we must always pursue.

Winnipeg has been talking about downtown revival since the 1960s following the development of suburban shopping centres and new residential subdivisions. The motto then was Downtown or Downhill, even though the district appeared to be strong. As with cities everywhere at that time, the rot had already begun to set in.

The city and its downtown hit bottom by the end of the 1990s, when a determined effort, the latest in a series, was launched.

Since then, several megaprojects have appeared, including the human rights museum, the MTS Centre, the return of the Winnipeg Jets, a spectacular new Manitoba Hydro building and so on.

Since 2005, more than $2 billion has been invested downtown, including new residential units for 1,800 people. And there's more to come, particularly around the MTS Centre.

On the downside, the Bay is hanging on by the skin of its teeth and it will eventually be forced to close unless it receives new investment and new purpose. Social problems don't seem to be getting any better and there still isn't enough pedestrian traffic at night to make people feel safe.

Let's celebrate our progress, but also remember a vibrant downtown must remain a major public-policy priority for governments, business and the community.

Editorials are the consensus view of the Winnipeg Free Press’ editorial board, comprising Catherine Mitchell, David O’Brien and Paul Samyn.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 3, 2014 A8

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Keri Latimer looks for beauty in the dark and the spaces between the notes

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Marc Gallant / Winnipeg Free Press. Local- Weather standup. Sundog. Refraction of light through ice crystals which caused both the sun dog and and fog along McPhillips Road early Wednesday morning. 071205.
  • Goose sits in high grass near Marion Friday afternoon for cover -See Bryksa 30 Day goose challenge- Day 18 - May 25, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Will higher pork prices change your grocery-shopping habits?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google