Recent comments regarding the City creating a demand for the downtown area are certainly well stated. As a long-time resident of the area I can agree that the downtown is in need of a revitalization and it goes further than just parking.
I am sure if the area had a facelift many people would not mind a little pleasant walk to shops etc. Not only good exercise but would help reduce the carbon footprint.
The downtown has a variety of interests for people — the library (already with a renovation plan in place), the art gallery, theatre, several coffee shops, restaurants to temp the foodie, sports centre, curling club, shopping centre, a nice park area for starters.
Kamloops is also home to a growing number of the 55-plus group of seniors, many of whom would like to be free of home ownership — taxes, stratas etc., and live in affordable, pet friendly rental apartments in an area where there is easy flat walking for all, including those with mobility issues, and a nice variety of amenities.
Yes, there are many apartments catering to this age group but with the exception of a few they are all owner occupied with a limited number of rentals and usually a waiting list for those. I am sure if merchants would have a positive attitude, put a little “spit and polish” to brighten up the area, add the nice summer plants/ winter lights and the city look to the demographics of the senior population we could have a much improved area. Promote it and it wilg row.
If we want to have an attractive, welcoming city and make Kamloops shine we need to make it inclusive and accessible to all. Efforts put forth now will pay future benefits for all.
As a long-time resident of the area I firmly believe it can be improved. Too often Kamloops tends to have a NIMBY attitude. Let’s not let it happen with this issue.