You can always go downtown
What's been accomplished:
More than $2 billion invested in more than 111 new developments since 2005, with another $265.5 million worth in the works.
The pace of investment continues to build, with 62 new projects between 2010 and 2013 compared with 42 in the period from 2005 to 2009.
More than 2.7 million square feet of new commercial/office/institutional space built or under construction.
20 new restaurants have opened in the last two years, boosting the total number of downtown eateries to 82.
221 new hotel rooms under construction, with another 400 planned.
1,812 new residential units built in the last five years, with another 845 planned.
Who's there now:
An estimated 15,473 people now living downtown -- a gain of more than 2,500 since 2007.
More than 69,000 people now working in the downtown.
24,260 students attended classes in the downtown in 2013 -- an increase of more than 8,000 since 2007.
Who visits the downtown:
More than four million people visit The Forks each year, and an equal number visit downtown arts and entertainment venues.
More than one million people attend events each year at the MTS Centre, the 13th-busiest venue in North America.
An estimated 308,000 people attended conventions and other events at the downtown RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg in 2012. That number is expected to jump to 404,000 per year after the convention centre expansion is completed.
More than 615,0000 people per year attend Jets games. That's about 220,000 more than attended the Manitoba Moose games in 2007.
More than 900,000 people attend the more than 50 downtown festivals held each year.
Other facts and figures:
There are 127 retail shops in the downtown. That number is largely unchanged since 2007.
There are 210 free WIFI hotspots in the downtown, with dozens more currently being installed.
Ninety per cent of respondents surveyed in 2013 said they feel safe being in downtown during the daytime. That compares with 57 per cent in 2007.
37 per cent said they felt safe being downtown at night, versus 25 per cent in 2009.
There are 3,757 metered parking spots in the downtown and 35,526 off-street spaces, two-thirds of which are open to the public.
There are more than 11,000 parking spots within a three-block walk of the MTS Centre.
Winnipeg has the second-lowest median daily parking rate ($9.50) of any city in Canada.
The average monthly rate for a downtown parking spot is $160, compared to the national average of $242.
An estimated 6,200 cyclists commute downtown each weekday.
-- source: The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ and the 2014 Downtown Trends report