Downtown Revitalization: A Failure of Imagination

It has rained on and off all afternoon, but even tornado warnings can’t dampen the spirits of hundreds of people enjoying live music on the open-air stage at the intersection of Hunter and Aylmer Streets. Cafés and bars are bursting at the seams. Street vendors fill the entire car-free block. Beau Dixon, backed by his Slips ‘n’ the High Fives band, are wailing and rocking in prime-time soul-a-billy style. Oldsters and youngsters, infants with headphones and goofy grins, perched on mom or dad’s hip, and even Federal Cabinet Minister and local MP, Maryam Monsef—everybody’s grooving in front of the stage like there’s no tomorrow. This is downtown Peterborough.

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