Portage and Main Advocacy
Developed an action strategy, with partners such as CentreVenture Development Corporation, Exchange District BIZ, City of Winnipeg, Storefront Manitoba, and the Winnipeg Free Press to instigate public discourse about the re-opening of Portage and Main. Storyboards depicting Portage and Main designs and concepts over the last several decades, demonstrating the rationale and ease of opening up Portage and Main were positioned in key areas of downtown. Managed a visit from Tim Tompkins, President of the Times Square Alliance, as he shared lessons and insights learned in transforming Times Square’s busiest street into a vibrant pedestrian plaza – helping New York become a top tourist destination in the world. Tompkins explained the community engagement processes he undertook in New York to listen, mobilize and empower the voice of the business community, general public, city departments, and other stakeholders, creating a solution for what was initially deemed their local challenge – lessons now being applied by the City of Winnipeg. Arranged meetings with the business community, public, city departments, and other stakeholders, to forge a collective solution to Portage and Main. Significant media coverage leveraged and more than 40,000 views on Facebook observed.