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Community engagement is an integral aspect of this project. The feedback received from our various outreach efforts has been critical to the project’s success by providing decision makers with citizen input and informing the vision for the final design.
Our outreach included two workshops each for City Council and the DownTown Association and a public survey. Below is a summary of results:
In August 2014, workshops were hosted to gain insight on an understanding of downtown and to determine what the metrics of success are for downtown.
Within the scope of the project, the following keys to success were identified:
On a broader level, the current project sets the tone for further projects to help reach the following longer-term goals:
Secondary workshops were facilitated in November 2014 to provide an overview of the infrastructure assessment, obtain opinion on what makes a great street, discuss streetscape options and deliberate on a brief vision statement for downtown.
A wide range of responses was received on the question of what makes a great street, and they generally aligned with the best practices for identifying elements of a great street. Responses included:
The Shared Festival Street streetscape option was voted as the #1 option and has been approved for 101 Ave.
From December 8th, 2014 to January 16, 2015 a public survey was available for residents both on-line and in paper form. It garnered responses from 1301 participants who provided feedback on their priorities, vision and preferences for downtown.
Top rated priorities:
The Shared Festival Street streetscape option was also voted as the #1 option by residents. Other general priorities for the streetscape look include:
Key ideas that had equal popularity in both the vision and streetscape responses included:
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