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State of Downtown Report

The Downtown Strategy team is proud to present the inaugural State of Downtown Calgary report, highlighting where our downtown stands at the end of 2019 – its strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for continuous improvement. Downtown is the economic and cultural heart of Calgary – a livable, thriving place for people, business, innovation and creativity.

There are a lot of great things happening as our city continues to collaboratively implement Calgary in the New Economy: The Economic Strategy for Calgary, with a focus on the future of our downtown. Given the urgency that exists to build a thriving, vibrant downtown, efforts are being made to align work that attracts new businesses, supports existing ones, and builds critical infrastructure.

This report highlights where the downtown is currently in relation to our four Downtown Strategy pillars and highlights some of the successes, challenges and opportunities that were identified in 2019 and moving forward. There is a lot happening in our downtown and this report provides a snapshot of how the Downtown Strategy’s efforts are moving the needle. It establishes a baseline against which we can measure our future success.

Download the 2019 State of Downtown Calgary report

*Note regarding impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

The State of the Downtown 2019 Report was prepared using data and information for the 2019 calendar year and does not include any response or analysis based on the COVID-19 pandemic. 


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