Stewart Street Active Neighbourhood Vision
This project was part of a series of participatory urban design pilots funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada and managed by Car Martin & Mikey Bennington at the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation. This project was undertaken collaboratively with a series of partners in Peterborough Ontario including environmental NGO GreenUp; Trent University; the City of Peterborough and a local resident's group. The goal was to connect citizen ideas with a planned street reconstruction project.
The Stewart Street neighbourhood is located in the central area of Peterborough, just southwest of the downtown core. It is a low-density, mixed-use neighbourhood, primarily residential in the west and commercial in the east. Its eastern edge is framed by George Street, a heavily-trafficked commercial corridor. The other streets are arterial, collector, and local roads with less intensive uses. Near the heart of the neighbourhood is Stewart Street Park, a small but popular destination for local children. As a lower income neighbourhood, Stewart Street suffers from a negative reputation. This project aims to give tools to residents to advocate for changes in their neighbourhood and to give the community greater agency when collaborating with the City on local capital projects. For the full report see this link.