The City of Quebec is investing $400,000 to “revitalize” three commercial arteries located on the outskirts of downtown. These are Avenue Myrand and portions of Rue Racine and Avenue Royale.
This is what Mayor Marchand announced Friday afternoon, at a press briefing, thus fulfilling a commitment made during the last election campaign.
“A city is not just a city centre. A city is a bundle of places with their distinctive colors, their reality and their strengths,” summed up the mayor.
These three arteries were chosen taking into account several criteria such as “the density and diversity of businesses present, the general layout of the street (width of the roadway, few off-street parking lots, etc.) and the possibility of diverting the vehicle traffic temporarily for pedestrianization during events,” it was listed.
In particular, the City has put forward the idea of installing street furniture, such as ephemeral squares in shared streets, or even flower boxes to green the space.
A survey will soon be sent to the merchants concerned to target their needs. Note that traders will not be required to organize themselves into an SDC (Commercial Development Company) for their street to be considered commercial.