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Join us to learn about Stephen Avenue and the Economics of Placemaking

Hear from international experts on understanding the value of our streets, open spaces, and buildings to create vibrant and healthy urban centres.

Networking and Cocktails 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Join us before the panel to network with key stakeholders, community leaders, and city builders, to reimagine the future of Stephen Avenue.

Blue Ribbon Panel 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Speaker Spotlight

James Lima
President , James Lima Planning + Development

James has been actively engaged in complex matters of real estate, economic development, and public policy since 1986, with extensive private and public sector experience in the planning and revitalization of urban places at a variety of scales.

James founded JLP+D in 2011 after leading redevelopment strategies for numerous large-scale sites as a partner at a major national economic and real estate advisory firm. Previously, he was Senior Director of Development in the New York office of residential REIT AvalonBay Communities, Inc. Additionally, James was appointed by NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg as founding President of the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation, overseeing the redevelopment of a 172-acre former military facility in New York Harbor. James also served as Senior Vice President for Special Projects at the NYC Economic Development Corporation, where he managed initiatives focused on growth of the city’s central business districts, including Downtown Brooklyn, and increasing public access to the city’s waterfront. His prior work as Assistant Commissioner at the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development and at Forest City Ratner Companies centered on new construction of affordable housing and retail development throughout NYC.

Join us on December 4 to hear from James Lima and the following panelists about the economics of placemaking:

Steven Welliver, Deputy Chief Executive, Downtown Santa Monica

Andy Manshel, Author of the forthcoming 'Learning from Bryant Park: Revitalizing Cities, Towns, and Public Spaces

Paul Jordan, Chief Executive Officer, The Forks

Jasmine Palardy, Director of Community, Makespace

Networking and Cocktails 3:30 pm  - 4:30 pm 
Blue Ribbon Panel Presentation 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Click here to get your ticket


ReImagining Stephen Avenue

Stephen Avenue, located in the heart of downtown, is Calgary’s only pedestrian mall. During peak seasons upwards of 30,000 pedestrians will be on Stephen Avenue. It is a key retail, entertainment and cultural hub. To ensure the continued success of Stephen Avenue, it is critical to reimagine and improve the experience that Calgarians and visitors have while on this iconic and historical avenue.  With that in mind, the Calgary Downtown Association and The City of Calgary will be working with Gehl Studio and Stantec to rethink Stephen Avenue.

The Gehl Studio team will develop a new design for the entire length of Stephen Avenue, from 11 Street S.W. to its terminus at Olympic Plaza. Their work will focus on extending the energy and vibrancy of the pedestrian mall westward; creating a program for increasing private investment and redevelopment; and creating short and long-term improvement strategies that can be implemented by both the City and private investors to make Stephen Avenue better for Calgarians and visitors. Gehl Studio’s work began in August 2019 and will include a robust public engagement program, culminating with a new concept for Stephen Avenue in spring 2020.

This reimagining of Stephen Avenue is not just to create a beautiful street, it’s to create conditions that will attract private investment, economic growth, and amenities that can entice residents and visitors for years to come. It’s an important step in the effort to revitalize downtown.

To find out more about the project, click here.