What is the downtown? If you were to define, in terms of recognizable and agreed upon boundaries, where it was, on a map, would you be able to do it?
During discussions on the removal of the transit station from the current Dennis Street location to the newly approved Huron Street location, both Councillor Rick Niro and Mayor Provenzano said Huron Street was still downtown.
With the importance of the downtown being emphasized in recent discussions, SaultOnline has discovered a policy brief, that states wherever the definition lies, it is important to our core.
“Downtowns instantly tell the state of a city, speaking volumes about the city’s economic health, quality of life, pride and history. A healthy, vibrant downtown reflects a healthy, vibrant community and can affect the city’s ability to attract new people and investment.”
With that in mind SaultOnline asked Mayor Provenzano what the official boundaries were for our city, defining what is considered to be downtown.
“Huron street would be the boundary of downtown by the City’s definition. We can’t confuse the downtown with the BIA and that sometimes gets confused,” said Provenzano. “The downtown Business Improvement Area is called the Downtown Association, so over time we’ve kind of come to associate the boundaries of downtown as the boundaries of the BIA. But, the City’s boundary of downtown on the west side is Huron Street.”
However, even including Huron street as the western limit of the official downtown, moving the Bus Terminal, which may be relocated to the west side of the street, still will place it out of the official downtown box.
Where do you feel the downtown ends? leave your comments and reasons below.