Today CUI released the Case for the Core: Provocations for the Future of Canada’s Downtowns, affirming the critical roles of central business districts to our national recovery after the pandemic. Developed through consultation and research undertaken with leading international urbanists, community leaders and downtown-builders from across the country, the report presents three possible scenarios for Canada’s downtowns to provoke a sharp re-thinking, spur dialogue and inspire bold action. The report makes the case for why downtowns matter, and why the experience of COVID-19 presents a profound, radical opportunity to rethink and remake them.
There is much to be lost if our downtowns aren’t supported and can’t persevere. Read this report, imagine the future you want, consider the solutions, and most of all, let’s work together to make them happen.