The ODO report reveals that Gatineau is the city having experienced the greatest drop in pedestrian traffic in its city center since the pandemic, among 55 city centers studied across Canada. (File photo)
Stimulating the student presence in the city center is also a recommendation, which is also acclaimed by Hull-Wright district councilor Steve Moran.
Appearing on the show Les matins d'ici on Friday, the man who is also the interim head of Action Gatineau mentioned that it is necessary to use office and commercial spaces to accommodate other people , for example the University of Quebec in Outaouais, which is growing.
This point was also raised in the study: the proximity of several educational institutions offers an opportunity to attract students to the city center of Gatineau and encourage collaborations.
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Steve Moran assures that he is “optimistic” for the future of the city center, but that 'there are indeed challenges to be met.
Aware of the challenges, Mr. Moran still says he is optimistic: before, federal civil servants were obliged to come downtown. Now, people have to want to come, they have to choose to go there. He also adds taking into account the needs of current residents.
Downtown residents want local shops, a grocery store, a hardware store and other things to have a complete living environment. The number of current projects to add new people also shows the interest in the city center, explains Steve Moran.