CALGARY (660 NEWS) – 8 Avenue, Stephen Avenue, ghost town.
Downtown Calgary’s pedestrian thoroughfare has not been exempt from the economic downturn. Now the city and downtown association are working together to find solutions.
“The old model of a nine-to-five Stephen Avenue that really shuts down at the end of the day isn’t working as well as it has in the past,” said Michael Magnan.
Magnan is the public round lead with the City of Calgary and he was at the first of three public consultations adding that there is a lot of interest in expanding the avenue’s activity capabilities from businesses and pedestrians alike.
Another consistent element of concern shared by Margaret Ellis, who’s lived downtown since 1993, is the actual traversing of the street.
“Walking space,” said Margaret. “The entire level, all the way across the street and clearly marked for the bike path.”
Different paving materials and the inconsistent ground was a concern by many.
Early on, access to the street–transit, parking, etc.–is another consistent issue for many.