Photo by: Adam Colvin
Core Summit: Investing in Our Future
Summary of Feedback - Public Meeting held on
April 27, 2011
On April 27, 2011, London Mayor Joe Fontana along with members of City
Council and partners, Downtown London and Covent Garden Market, gathered
together with over 200 local citizens to discuss the next evolution of
London's downtown and the creation of new energy centres including a
possible new location for London City Hall.
Participants were asked to consider the following questions:
||What would result in a "game changer" for Downtown London with the
public investment to be made in the next London City Hall?
||Where in the downtown should an "energy centre" like that be?
||What partners or linkages can maximize the results of public and
In a concurrent initiative, the City is finalizing its
Plan Study. In the words of one of the participants:
"Downtown is a journey, not a destination".
Many of the ideas regarding future development of the Downtown Core,
provided at the April 27th Summit, are relevant to the Master Plan and
will be incorporated into the Master Plan Study. A very wide range
of topics covering were tabled, debated and discussed and the results
will be used to inform the next report to Council addressing options for
City Hall, expected in the Fall of 2011.
Recap of the April 27th Downtown Core Summit
Video of the
Presentation slide show
Mapping Exercise of
the downtown and the
Major Themes that were
captured during the event
Council Resolution resulting in the organisation and execution
of the Downtown Core Summit
Options for City Hall - Report by CBRE presented to Council on
January 27th, 2011
The following links are meant to be discussion starters and inspiration
for those looking to be inspired with what other cities have done with their
downtowns. The links have been categorized into three sections: Downtowns,
Public Squares/Spaces and Waterfronts with each category having some of the
following content: articles, interesting projects as well as an image bank.
Please feel free to explore the content and be ready to bring some of your
own ideas to the table at the upcoming Downtown Core Summit.
The Re-Emergence of the Public Square
Public Squares enhance urban liveability and provide new
anchors to downtown development.
Cities Show Cold Weather Can Be Cool
No need to retreat indoors--great public spaces draw people
12 months a year.
The Placemaker's Guide to Transportation: Shared Space
Shared Space creates street environments that are shared
equally by all users and is closely related to the concept of
Complete Streets. By...
Placemaking Pays Off
New projects in Detroit and Houston show great places
bring great economic returns
What is a Great Civic Space?
Civic spaces are an extension of the community. When they
work well, they serve as a stage for our public lives.
Plazas - Other Urban Plazas & Squares
to Transform a Waterfront
13 steps to great destinations.
10 Qualities of a Great Waterfront Destination
The difference between success and mediocrity.
Waterfronts - Riverfronts
A free public event brought to you with the support of Downtown London and
Covent Garden Market.