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The construction of the new arena on Portage Ave could be
a huge catalyst. But the experience across North America has
been mixed as to whether these projects actually do enliven
downtown. Sometimes they do and sometimes they don't. If our
city and provincial governments remain committed to creating
a village downtown. To densify and to congest then I can see
a great renaissance for Portage Ave. But it takes a real steadfast
commitment to rebuild downtown.
If you had the magic wand and
the resources to do it what would you do with Portage Ave.,
is quite simply. I would turn it into an entertainment strip.
I would see a lot of restaurants probably at the expense of
a traffic lane on either side so that you could create proper
set backs from buildings and patios out front and create a
Champs Elysees kind of stroll. As they have constructed the
arena they have closed two lanes of traffic, and you know
its funny, but we are surviving.
NAR: One of Winnipeg's success stories is truly Corydon Ave.
An Old World flavour created by the Italian business community.
Alive with people, long into summer nights. Can this be the
future of Portage Avenue?
Corydon Ave has become a stroll. And it's dotted with all
kinds of restaurants and patios and cinzano umbrellas. And
people laughing and having a good time. There is a lot of
traffic. It moves very slowly. There is a lot of people watching,
the sidewalks are crowded... And why not do it on Portage
Ave. Why not?
You have to plan it you have
to design it, and you have to have the guts to say. I am getting
outside the box here. Come along with me, and smile, and let's
enjoy the street again.
Let's make Portage Corydon.
NAR: Through its long life Portage
Ave has been the lifeblood of the city. The challenge in its
second century is not to try to recapture its long gone past,
but to try to re-energize its soul. Put people and attractions
back on the street. Tell its stories; interpret its rich architecture.
And to once again proudly celebrate - Portage and Main.
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