You may have received a seasonal magazine on your doorstep this week published by the Downtown BIZ . The winter issue of Downtown Winnipeg features holiday shopping ideas within Downtown and the Exchange District as well as general issues like business openings and BIZ programs. The magazine is intended to promote Downtown commerce to all of Winnipeg this Christmas season, but this issue also mentions a number of concerns that particularly affect Downtown residents.
“Downtown Winnipeg is shopping for grocery stores” opens up a blurb on the lone option of the IGA on Donald that will be available when Zellers closes. The “101 Reasons Not to Litter” signs are noted. There’s a paragraph about handing over of duties from the Downtown BIZ Outreach program to the Winnipeg Police Service Cadets. These are written with business development in mind, but they are also the very issues we hope to raise a voice on. With a formally established association we can work with the BIZ to keep this publication relevant to the community and our downtown lifestyles, with the mutual goal of being a thriving neighbourhood.
The steps we need to take to become a recognized and funded neighbourhood association include passing a set of bylaws and voting in a board of directors. This requires resident participation at the Annual General Meeting we’ll be holding early in the new year. Formal announcements will be made here, on Facebook and Twitter, and sent to our mailing list with meeting details. It’s important for the interests of our community that we all get involved in establishing the recognized voice for downtown residents.
(Also – who built that snowman on Broadway at Donald this weekend? Whoever it was, thanks for the magnificent work of art!)