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Potential in our #renaissancecity alleys

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Alley between 125 Prince William & 115 Prince William. Photo via bill lapp on Flickr

I was on this kick last year and it garnered a lot of interest. Now that spring is here, I’m thinking about our alleys again… Jardine’s Alley, North Market Street, the former “Alley Gria” alley (featured in photo above) and more. They all hold potential!

I would encourage you to tweet photos of the¬†uptown Saint John¬†alleys that you think have hidden potential. I’m not talking about permanent closure/conversion but even for temporary event space. Don’t forget to use the #renaissancecity and/or #livelifeuptown hashtags so everyone can see them! Looking for some inspiration? click HERE

Concept for South Market Street

Many people like the idea of closing South Market Street and turning it in to a pedestrian only area. I’ll admit there are many obstacles to overcome in making this idea a reality. What about City Market deliveries you may ask? I’m told that in european cities, where such streets are thriving, shops receive deliveries early in the a.m. to avoid conflict with the public using the space during business hours.

I came across some beautiful photos on-line of a lane in Auckland which was converted in to a restaurant/bakery. This particular lane already had a “roof” but it’s easy to imagine South Market Street enclosed overhead. It was even built on a slope… just like our street! What do you think?

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