The Warehouse District: From Grey to Green
Using a holistic approach that included a range of elements that influence, and can be influenced by, the development of a neighbourhood, Grey to Green established a clear strategy for urban development and community growth as well as social and economic sustainability under the umbrella of environmental renewal and resilience. There was a strong emphasis on making the most of existing potentials. A built environment with numerous buildings rich in heritage created an opportunity to promote the district’s urban qualities to attract residents and businesses, while celebrating the architectural integrity of the area. In encouraging more people to live, work and visit the district, the highly walkable existing street grid served as the basis for designing animated, safe, streetscapes where people enjoy spending time. This included a range of pedestrian and cycle friendly measures that also served to enhance the district’s connections to surrounding neighbourhoods and Downtown in particular. A series of green and public spaces on currently underused land were quite literally intended to introduce life in the area, while promoting environmental sustainability and community growth. The plan also celebrated the district’s economic and cultural strengths with an innovation arena to showcase the exciting developments taking place through the Regina Revitalization Initiative projects and new ways to encourage cultural growth in the area.