07 Jul Our Changing Downtown
Mark Rose, chief executive of Avison Young predicts that: “The beginning of the full return to office is two years from now, I would say the earliest that we’re gonna get everybody back in the office is five years.”
While downtowns are seeing the impact of remote working – this is an issue for all areas in cities where offices make up the majority of a commercial zone.
As cities we are going to have to look at:
- different types of zoning to allow for different mixes of residential/commercial
- how we create and re-imagine our public spaces to give people reasons to go downtown
- how property owners can convert office spaces to residential or other types of spaces
- changing our views on parking space minimums
The good news is that many of St. Catharines offices/commercial properties are on major transit routes – which means that a shift to residential will allow residents to use public transit.
The pandemic has given us all the opportunity to reset, reimagine and recreate our cities. Let’s not waste this opportunity.