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KELOWNA: DOWNTOWN | KELOWNA : CENTRE-VILLE

PATRICK MCCORMICK

KELOWNA ASKS "WHAT IF..."
CHANGING THE DOWNTOWN DYNAMIC
FR_RESuMÉ

LA RuE PRINCIPALE DE KELOWNA
Quand la ville de Kelowna a décidé de remplacer
l'infrastructure souterraine vieillissante le long de sept pâtés
de maison de l'avenue Bernard, « rue principale » de Kelowna,
elle a jumelé son projet de modernisation des services publics
à un projet d'aménagement paysager. La ville a reconnu la
possibilité de créer une artère piétonne en supprimant l'une
des voies carrossables au profit d'un trottoir plus large. Mais
les concepteurs se sont posé une question plus épineuse : et
si l'on rendait les trottoirs encore plus larges en remplaçant
les places de stationnement en angle par des places en
parallèle. Ce détail minime mais capital a transformé
leur démarche.
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WHEN THE CITY of Kelowna decided to replace aging
underground infrastructure along a seven-block stretch
of Bernard Avenue, Kelowna's "Main Street", it took on a
streetscape project in tandem with the utility upgrades.
Working with the Downtown Business Association, the
City recognized the opportunity to stake out new ground in
Downtown's on-going competition with the vehicle-oriented
commercial developments outside the central business district.
The upgraded street would be Downtown's new calling card.
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ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTION
The City hired Vancouver's space2place to prepare a concept
design. The first order of business for Principal Jeff Cutler and his
team was to facilitate consultation with the adjoining business
and property owners. Cutler knew that more than a decade
earlier, the Kelowna Downtown Plan had suggested widening the
sidewalks by reducing the number of vehicle lanes from four to
three, to create a more pedestrian-friendly street.
Would this, in fact, help change the downtown dynamic?
Perhaps. But space2place asked a different, more audacious,
question: what if the sidewalks could be made even wider by
converting the existing angle parking to parallel parking? A small
gain perhaps, but very important.
THE TICKET TO REvITALIZATION
The consultant team included a retail specialist, whose analysis
indicated a high percentage of food and beverage operations
along the street. The majority of these were locally-owned, with
37 per cent offering ethnic cuisine. These insights pointed the way
to economic revitalization. If the restaurants and coffee houses
could spill onto the sidewalk, animating the street with their local
fare, they could attract more people to Bernard Avenue. This, in
turn, would generate more walk-by traffic for all area businesses.
PHOTO COuRTESY OF GOLDER ASSOCIATES, COPYRIGHT FRED SHAAD PHOTOGRAPH

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Landscapes - Spring 2015

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Spring 2015

To Being With | Pour Commencer
The New Small | Le Microcosme Réinventé
Paula Meijerink, Guest Editor | Rédactrice invitée
EN_LP+ | Small Matters: Backgrounder
FR_LP+ | Prodigieuse Petitesse
Writers | Collaboratuers
Je Vois Montreal
Upfront | Prologue
Forêt urbaine
Urban Braille
Find Your Pebble
Folly Forest
Parklet Experiment
Klynstra Scholarship
Prix 2014 Schwabenbauer
The Common Sense Curb Cut
Essay | Essai
Doggy Style
Projects in Place: The LA Flash Mob
Tiny Taxonomy
Lying Down in Public
Kelowna asks, "What if,,"
A Non-Urban Approach X3
New Directions | Nouvelles Avenues
Opinion
Critique
The Last Word | Le Mot de la Fin
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - FR_LP+ | Prodigieuse Petitesse
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Writers | Collaboratuers
Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Je Vois Montreal
Landscapes - Spring 2015 - The Common Sense Curb Cut
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Essay | Essai
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Doggy Style
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Projects in Place: The LA Flash Mob
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Tiny Taxonomy
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Lying Down in Public
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Kelowna asks, "What if,,"
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - A Non-Urban Approach X3
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - New Directions | Nouvelles Avenues
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Opinion
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Critique
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - The Last Word | Le Mot de la Fin
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