The 17th Ave S Retail & Entertainment District has become a place where Calgarians from all around the city shop and socialize. A three year reconstruction project of 17th Ave will deliver some positive gains to the corridor however once the project is complete the form and function of the avenue will remain similar to the way it was. An opportunity has been missed to make multi-modal improvements and reimagine how businesses along the entire corridor are accessed by Calgarians from the city’s fastest growing regions meaning that businesses will have to suffer through construction pain with little gain.
Four key strategic goals are being proposed to improve access to businesses in the district:
By adopting these four strategic goals and implementing them during the current road reconstruction project, 17th Avenue will be transformed into a true complete street. This will improve Calgarians’ access to the entire retail and entertainment district and offer incentives for more people to visit area businesses regardless of their preferred mode of transportation. In doing so, it is hoped that this will launch 17th Avenue into its next phase of growth and create a vibrant corridor from end to end.