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WHAT’S UP DOWNTOWN – State of the Downtown at a glance

WE OFTEN TALK ABOUT patrolling and the statistics collected on our everyday adventures – but patrolling is only one part of the many fragments that make up the CAP Team job description. Along with projects like the Cigarette Recycling Program, events assistance, Back Alley Art Gallery Mural Program and tours and weekly reporting to various agencies, the CAP Team has conducted research for the State of Downtown Report for the last couple of years.

The State of Downtown Report (STOD) examines the business environment downtown and includes information regarding demographics, pedestrian counts, vehicle counts and more. Let’s take a peak at my three fave sections in the STOD using the most recent publication (available on our website: downtownkamloops.com).

Boutique Environment:

Shopping – more importantly boutique shopping is one of my fave ways to fill the closet, house, back yard, and encroach on the husband’s ‘no-go-man-cave’ territory – it’s a fine line there folks. There are 91 retail stores in our downtown core and they make up 14% of our business and organizations downtown. (hey, that’s a decent amount of shops to go through in just one day – challenge accepted).

The largest section of retail type is clothing and accessories, making up 22% of downtowns retail space. Next in line are antiques, collectables and souvenirs at 12.1% followed by groceries and pharmacies (11%). Don’t let this list fool you, Downtown has some of the most diverse shopping in town and other retail spaces are inhabited by varying store types from gifts and specialties, shoes, tech, health stores and more! We’ve said it before, and we will say it again, there is something for everyone downtown.

Living Environment:

Not only is Downtown fun to shop in, but it’s a swell location for establishing home roots – if you don’t believe me, just ask CAP Team Member and downtown resident, Jon George. Fun Fact: The City Centre holds 7% of the city’s population and equals to 30 people/ha which is more than Downtown Victoria (15/ha). In addition to the picturesque and incredibly instagramable heritage homes downtown – there are an abundance of new developments underway and are in different stages of completion across downtown. We look forward to meeting the new faces that will occupy them!

Sustainability:

One of the core values of the KCBIA is sustainability, and we pride ourselves in knowing that Downtown Kamloops is constantly taking the next leap to being more environmentally friendly and sustainable. In the last few years alone, the City of Kamloops, KCBIA and other stakeholders have contributed to developing sustainable methods in energy saving practices, clean air, clean streets and promoting green living.

Some projects include energy efficiency upgrades for Sandman Centre and Old Courthouse, the addition of bike ports and bike repair stations, lighting upgrades at Memorial Arena, Cigarette Recycling program and (coming soon) the improved Pederson creek bike route between Sahali and City Centre.

This past year, some of our businesses have received recognition for ditching plastic straws by either replacing them with paper or getting rid of them altogether. The Noble Pig Brewhouse, The Commodore Grand Café & Lounge and Café Motivo along with many other local eateries made the list. Each contributing to reducing plastic in landfills and oceans and saving the turtles one straw at a time.

The information in this article is just a quick snapshot of all the informative and interesting facts we have in the State of Downtown Report. For references, more information and your own copy of the State of Downtown Report – visit downtownkamloops.com. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to shoot us an email, call or stop us on the streets!

Until next time!

This article was written by Alexis Proulx, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Supervisor. Reach the Team at 250-572-3008/3009. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops).

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1 Comment on WHAT’S UP DOWNTOWN – State of the Downtown at a glance

  1. The amount of distraught people hanging around the downtown has never been greater. The garbage is always noticeable (albeit not huge) and as far as clean air goes…well let’s be thankful we are not quite like Beijing. The shopping is ok and the parking is never a huge hassle…but I am willing to walk a block or two. All in all, I am in no rush to go downtown but if I have to go there I tell myself…they are trying.

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