Ten planning lessons from Winnipeg, Manitoba


Canada's national Museum of Human Rights (opened September 2014)

Canada’s National Museum of Human Rights (opened September 2014)

The following is another post in an ongoing series which highlights ten important planning lessons from various cities around the world. Below are the ten planning lessons I’ve learned from two visits to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada – one in 2005 and the other last month during out trip across Canada. Winnipeg is a very enjoyable city and well worth a visit.

  • You do not have to have a dramatic scenic vistas to create a dynamic and vibrant city.
  • On element of amazing architecture can change first and lasting impressions – in Winnipeg’s instance it’s Canada’s National Museum of Human Rights.
  • Great urban centers can and have blossomed amid very cold and challenging climates.
  • Celebrate your community’s uniqueness and don’t try to become something that you are not.
  • Art is an intriguing amenity to a riverfront trail system.
  • A single well-designed pocket park such as Winnipeg’s Chinese Tea Garden (see below) can literally transform the gray drabness of an inner city into a floral cavalcade of brilliant colors.
  • Railroad travel brings in tourists who in turn bring in dollars to spend at area attractions.
  • A bus rapid transit system can be quite cool.
  • Merging multiple municipalities into one metropolitan jurisdiction can create a single identity and build a brand.
  • A catchy and memorable moniker such as “The Peg” never hurts.
Chinese Garden in Winnipeg

Chinese Garden in Winnipeg

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