Comment 13447

By fanc3 (anonymous) | Posted October 26, 2007 at 17:23:26

Sparks Street Mall has been a complete bust over the past 15-20 years. The NCC has tried to rejuvenate the mall by building sculptures, luring upscale retailers, etc, but has failed miserably. The entire street is deserted past 4pm when all the federal employees who work in the buildings flanking both sides of the street go home. This may be due to the absence of a nearby residential area since Sparks cuts through the financial/govt building district. The nearest "happening" area is Elgin Street (which is 2-way)- it's packed full with residential units, small shops, bakeries, cafes, pubs, a school, public park, etc. so there's no reason for Elgin streeters to go over to Sparks.

However, with the construction of new residential/mixed use buildings in the downtown core, a pedestrian street mall may work for Gore Park.

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