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R:ED Meeting: Bartley Kives on the Exchange

  • Tuesday, January 19, 2010
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Folk Festival Theatre, 211 Bannatyne Ave. (Crocus Bldg.)

Registration

  • staff and board members of Exchange District BIZ
  • Non-resident of the Exchange. (if you are a resident, please apply for membership from link on home page)
  • member of Residents of the Exchange District

Registration is closed

B a r t l e y   K i v e s   o n   t h e   E x c h a n g e

bartley_kives_1.jpgWinnipeg Free Press city hall reporter Bartley Kives has strong views on the Exchange District both from his experience in Winnipeg and from his extensive travels seeing what works (and what doesn't) in other cities.

An synopsis of a recent article

The perceptions of the Exchange District will only change when there are more people on the street.  Achieving that goal is both incredibly easy and extremely complex. Governments love megaprojects, but small-scale incentives could effectively transform the entire neighbourhood one building at a time.  A package of tax incentives and progressive policies requires co-ordination. And right now, there is no effective co-ordination in the Exchange District.

   The neighbourhood is served by city tax credits, provincial project grants, federal heritage programs; it has been the subject of power struggles between competing city council committees;  it is supported by the well-intentioned lobbying efforts of various organizations and menaced by the urban evils of demolition and façadism.

   To suggest the neighbourhood is being pulled in too many different directions is kind of like saying the economy is a bit of a mess. There are far too many cooks standing over the development broth…

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