Garbage downtown.  In full view.  In public spaces. When did this become normalized? Consider some of the locations:  The Theatre / Arts Centre / Cinema / Restaurant / Retail area.   Hmmm.  Maybe it’s some kind of new tourist initiative. “City of Possibilities”?  Perhaps, it would be “possible” to not store GARBAGE, on the sidewalk, in the middle of town. It has to go somewhere, but it’s the question where and how? What’s best for everyone involved? This area hosts high profile, highly visited, prominent community gathering places and businesses. Cleanliness is not negotiable. There just might be a solution… the bins are on public property.

And on that note, there’s a lot of talk about the parking meters and parking downtown. Some say the meters deter day long parking, thus discouraging people from easily accessing parking in front of businesses. Some say a quarter for 15 minutes deters people from parking in those location at all. This is a ‘hot button issue’ for a lot of downtown merchants and shoppers. Along with the actual meters there is the conversation about the amount of available parking downtown… and if there is enough. All information seems to be anecdotal. Some days the city’s lots are full, other days mostly empty. One may ask, “How far from a business is too far?” to expect someone to walk from their car. Are there any statistics to confirm the amount of available parking spaces in what is called “Downtown”? Is this information available or does a assessment need to be done?

Take a look at the video and let us know what you think about these issues. More importantly, let your candidates know what you think and together we can make Portage la Prairie better.

Here is a look at Part I of the series;

With the civic election upon us, we thought it might be a good idea to stir the pot a little bit.  So, we’re starting the ELECTION STIMULATOR series.  Designed to hopefully get people talking.  Now is the time to set the agenda for the next four years.

Now, these videos are in no way the definitive list of issues.  Some of the ideas presented may have no traction at all. The more ideas at play in the public discussion, the better chance we have of making Portage la Prairie a place we can all be proud of.

We’ve noticed that there are a lot of Facebook echo chambers at play right now, but not many general forums to raise ideas and debate the issues.  We hope this site can give a voice to some varying perspectives.

So, take a look at the first video. DEVELOPMENT, generally looking at 3 areas of development down Saskatchewan avenue Then, bring on your ideas about development by commenting below.  You can use this site as an idea exchange or to comment on candidates and their perspectives.


3 Responses

  1. Karen Gross

    Sorry, but I don’t think that your solution would make the garbage situation less stinky. Daily garbage pick up would be costly, and would mean garbage trucks would spend more time downtown. I would much rather see garbage bins (with the lids closed) than to see overflowing garbage cans.

    More sidewalks would be good. They could start with 18th Street SW.

  2. al

    I always found the row of dumpsters gave the “cultural” district a certain “avec grace”. Up-scale chic ghetto.
    Those parking tickets? Are they not just souvenirs of another enjoyable fun-filled shopping experience in downtown Portage?

  3. Dave

    I think we still need parking commissionaires but no meters. There should be a 2 hr limit on parking. If a vehicle is left unattended for more than 2 hrs it gets a ticket. I’m not sure how they police this but have heard its done in other places.


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