OTTAWA, May 16 /CNW/ - From more than 6,000 nominations and after four
months of voting by people across the country, the winning locations in
the first annual Great Places in Canada contest have been selected.
Announced today, the top places are:
Great Public Spaces
1) Commercial Street,
1) Le Petit Champlain,
1) The Forks, Winnipeg, MB
2) Ottawa Street (Textile District),
2) The Hydrostone,
2) Evergreen Brick Works,
3) Broadway Avenue,
3) Snaw-Naw-As (Nanoose
First Nation), Lantzville, BC
3) Pippy Park, St. John's, NL
"The voting far exceeded what we were anticipating," said Marni Cappe,
President of the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP), the sponsor of
"People really got involved and wanted to see their favourite location
recognized as a Great Place. We tapped into a tremendous pride that
Canadians have in the many beautiful places in this country. It was, in
a true sense, a celebration of great places," Cappe added.
The top locations are being honoured not only because of their
popularity, but also because they exemplify the highest standards of
planning. To be judged a winner by the panel of professional planners,
the location had to meet certain criteria including:
promoting social and economic activities
having a memorable or unique character
having design or architectural features that are visually interesting
meeting different aspects of sustainability
being accessible by different modes of transportation
reflecting local culture, history, and landscape
What was special about the number-one winner in each category?
Members of the judging panel comment:
Canada's Great Street - Commercial Street, Nanaimo, BC
"It's terrific that Nanaimo's historic Commercial Street has been
recognized as the stand-out in the Streets category. Rich in heritage,
it struggled to stay alive in the face of rapid suburban development.
The City and the downtown business community, working together, have
catalyzed growth, revitalized heritage buildings and welcomed
year-round cultural activity." - Linda Allen, President of CitySpaces
Consulting and Fellow of Canadian Institute of Planners.
Canada's Great Neighbourhood - Le Petit Champlain, Quebec, QC
"Le Petit Champlain is a beautiful heritage public space in Quebec that
integrates 400 years of history with the joyful joie-de-vivre of its
residents: the pedestrian only zones are vibrant with people at all
hours of the day and year, the human scale buildings create a very
comfortable environment, and the modern boutiques and restaurants
represent the ever-present exploring personality of the Quebecois." -
Ana Stuermer, Master's student and researcher in Urban and Regional
Planning, Queen's University.
Canada's Great Public Space - The Forks, Winnipeg, MB
"The Forks has evolved into the quintessential example of how physical
geography and urban design can come together to create a public space
that is memorable, functional, and embodies the historic centre of
downtown Winnipeg. This has been achieved through the creation of
extensive trail networks, use of the waterfront in the summer and
winter months, outdoor activities for festivals and events, surrounded
by great urban design in building and public infrastructure." Alex
Forbes, Assistant Director, Development Services for the City of
Fredericton, member of Canadian Institute of Planners.
CIP would like to thank VIA Rail, Photo Life Magazine and Second Cup for
their generous sponsorship of this year's Great Places in Canada contest.
The Canadian Institute of Planners was established in 1919 and has a membership of 7,800 professional
planners. The Institute sets a Code of Professional Practice and
national standards for training, certification and best practices.
Please visit http://www.cip-icu.ca/.
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SOURCE Canadian Institute of Planners
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