Building Vibrant Main Streets and the Power of Local
Thanks to everyone who was able to join us on November 10, 2015! What an incredible day of learning and networking. Please view/download/share the videos & slides from the presentations. Thanks to all our presenters for generously making their slides available. We invite you to keep sharing your insights using the hashtag #vibrantTO
Click below to view video presentations and/or slides:
Creating Walkable Communities and Vibrant Main Streets for All, keynote address, Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner and Executive Director, City of Toronto.
Retail Fundamentals: A holistic look at successful urban retail and retail-based placemaking, Michael Smith, Director of Real Estate, Streetsense (AM presentation)
Vibrant Retail Streets: A toolkit for a healthy, balanced retail street, Michael Smith, Director of Real Estate, Streetsense (PM presentation)
[Order the Vibrant Streets Toolkit using discount code: toronto15 for a 15% discount off any order till Dec 1 from VibrantStreets.com]
Energizing Main Streets with Pop-up Shops: What we’ve learned on Danforth East, Gay Stephenson and Tina Scherz, WoodGreen Community Services
[You may also be interested in downloading our free Pop-up Shops Toolkit]
A Formula for Energizing Main Streets, Pauline Larsen, Senior Economic Development Manager, Downtown Yonge BIA
Micro Retail: Creating Space for Main Street Entrepreneurship, Kevin Hurley, Centre for Social Innovation, Jonah Letovsky, Westbank Corporation, Howard Tam, ThinkFresh Group
The Transformative Potential of Small-Scale Entrepreneurship, Rafael Gomez, Author & Associate Professor University of Toronto
Creating Cities, Marcus Westbury’s incredible book about transforming empty spaces by filling them with artists and makers. Based on his experiences in Newcastle, Australia, with Renew Newcastle. Download the e-book from his website.
About the organizers: DECA/WoodGreen’s successful Pop-up Shop program on Danforth East fills empty storefronts, gives entrepreneurs a great start, brings local shoppers out on the street and engages the community in the effort!
Special thanks to the Metcalf Foundation for their support!