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Poll: Should Government street become a pedestrian boulevard (118 member(s) have cast votes)

Should Government street become a pedestrian boulevard from Yates street to Humbolt street (Allowing restricted single lane traffic)?

  1. Yes (75 votes [63.56%])

    Percentage of vote: 63.56%

  2. No (29 votes [24.58%])

    Percentage of vote: 24.58%

  3. Depends (14 votes [11.86%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.86%

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#901 Mike K.

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Posted 10 December 2020 - 12:53 PM

last year the centennial square display was scheduled to start december 13th (it was subsequently delayed).  so maybe this weekend is the normal light-up time downtown.  maybe they just don't like to be criticized for being early - which seems to be a thing.

 

Downtown is usually roaring to go with displays well before the Santa Parade, which in 2019 was on November 30th.


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#902 Mike K.

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Posted 10 December 2020 - 12:55 PM

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#903 On the Level

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Posted 10 December 2020 - 01:07 PM

I'm a little surprised at the lack of comment from the city and downtown businesses.  There must have been a conscious decision to abandon this but nothing said. I can guess that this would be viewed as a cost cutting measure but that flies in the face of the money flowing out of City Hall right now.  It seems to be more in line with social engineering than fiscal restraint. 

 

Would this not be something done to attract citizens downtown to support local businesses from going under?


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#904 Mike K.

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Posted 10 December 2020 - 01:09 PM

I dunno, it's pretty sad. Downtown should be even more lit up and glitzy this year, but to do nothing half-way through the shopping season? It seems so humbug-ish.


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Posted 10 December 2020 - 01:25 PM

On the bright side, we won't have to listen to Ben whine about poinsettias this year.


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#906 mbjj

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Posted 10 December 2020 - 05:46 PM

I was down at the library so had a drive around the block to have a look. No banners, no greenery baskets, nothing. How disappointing. What a bunch of scrooges. 


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#907 A Girl is No one

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Posted 10 December 2020 - 06:19 PM

Lipstick on a pig...
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#908 marks_28

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Posted 10 December 2020 - 08:39 PM

Maybe it’s just a timing thing, but drove in and out of downtown tonight, and there were definitely Christmas lights on the Government Street trees. Some blue and white lights. So maybe they’re for Hanukkah :)

#909 Mike K.

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Posted 11 December 2020 - 05:48 AM

That could be, it was Hanukkah yesterday!

Now were the lights on the trees, or turned on lights on the trees!

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#910 marks_28

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Posted 11 December 2020 - 07:24 AM

I must confess, I don’t quite understand what you’re asking lol. But the lights appeared to be strung to the trees, just like typical Christmas lights.

#911 Mike K.

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Posted 11 December 2020 - 07:25 AM

It's just a joke. You said the lights were "on the trees," I asked if they were also turned on, not just on the trees.

 

I'll let myself out.


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#912 marks_28

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Posted 11 December 2020 - 07:36 AM

Oh... hah, still a little tired this morning lol

#913 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 11 December 2020 - 02:04 PM

That could be, it was Hanukkah yesterday!

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#914 Nparker

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Posted 11 December 2020 - 02:26 PM

8 nights IIRC.



#915 Mike K.

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Posted 11 December 2020 - 06:05 PM

Ok, the “start” of Chanukah. Evan Solomon made a whole special out of it on the airwaves. Good times.

Aside: It’s bizarre how yesterday my autocorrect changed the spelling to Hanukkah and today it’s reverting to Chanukah.

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#916 SimonH

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Posted 11 December 2020 - 06:10 PM

I'll be celebrating Festivus.


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#917 Greg

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Posted 11 December 2020 - 09:28 PM

I've got some grievances...


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#918 Barrrister

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Posted 11 December 2020 - 10:07 PM

Does anyone care about Government street anymore in the first place. It just feels sad down there.



#919 marks_28

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Posted 12 December 2020 - 03:21 PM

Not too sure what thread to post this in, but if you have 8 minutes, really interesting video discussing some European city cores and how they’re able to go car free. Whether it’s working, how they did it, etc. Worth a look!

https://youtu.be/g9-9CxCxrVE
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Posted 12 December 2020 - 08:27 PM

Not too sure what thread to post this in, but if you have 8 minutes, really interesting video discussing some European city cores and how they’re able to go car free. Whether it’s working, how they did it, etc. Worth a look!

https://youtu.be/g9-9CxCxrVE

City Beautiful makes great videos!


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