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.
Milk Bags commented
Clearly they do as business has already dropped just by closing off on Saturdays.
Deliveries are not made on Collier, they’re made on Dunlop.
You think someone with a disability is gonna walk all the way from the Collier parkade or pay their very high prices???
Just to eat at a few patios? Lol
You think door dash/Uber eats and skip will be ok being forced to walk extra while at the same time someone like you whine when you get your food cold or is “late”?
Again. You think delivery drivers will drop off their goods for stores all the way up from Collier ? Because they’re not. All you are doing is hurting business for personal ideals. Not reality
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