Permanently pedestrianize Dunlop Street
As a city we lack spaces for pedestrians and with Dunlop being our main road though the heart of downtown, I feel could make for an excellent pedestrian mall (for those that don't know, a pedestrian mall is a street that is permanently closed off to motor traffic, and are found all over the world. From London, to even here in Canada). While the city has certainly done a good job at making it a nicer place (the recent redesign, closing it to vehicles on certain days in the summer). In my honest opinion it doesn't go far enough. I understand some may have concerns, but I do believe they aren't going to be major problems. parking and deliveries for example is accessed by Simcoe and Collier streets, and the section I'm proposing is rather small. Only going from Bayfield to Mulcaster. Pedestrian malls provide lots of space for cycling, walking, greenery, public art, benches. street vendors and more and they often become meeting spaces people from both within and outside communities seek out and are great for those with pets and children as the risk of vehicles are all but gone. And are shown in many cases to increase patronage to businesses. With the city looking to invest in it's tourism industry I believe this would be the best use for this stretch of road. To create a public space for all of us to use and enjoy.
Joshua T commented
“Good way to bankrupt businesses”. Businesses don’t need cars and parking to succeed. “How do you suggest access to downtown” Dunlop isn’t the only way to downtown. There’s Simcoe, and Collier about a 3 minute walk away. Not to mention that most, if not all parking and most delivery is accessed by Collier and Simcoe and not Dunlop. Plus this would not exclude essential traffic such as trash collection.
heather Hall commented
That’s a good way to bankrupt the downtown. How do you suggest they access downtown when you block off all the cars and stop delivery drivers from accessing the restaurant. What you described is the waterfront. We don’t need to hurt our business further