Redevelopment on the downtown edge, a new urbanist action plan for the St. Paul Street area, Kelowna, BC

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Hecht, Mark R.
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This practicum examines how current planning theory and practice either help or hinder development in 'downtown edge' areas. These pre-W.W.II, mainly residential districts, on the edge of old, traditional downtown cores, have often survived mostly intact but in a state of decay. It was concluded that the City will need to follow four strategies. First, it will need to create a 'development catalyst' to overcome the area's current stagnation. Second, the City needs to 'reconstruct the urban fabric' along the lines of New Urbanism. Third, a 'community node' that includes a "community hall" must be created in order to facilitate and organize community action. And last, the area must adopt a new regulatory framework that encompasses a small-scale incremental approach to development. The St. Paul Street area in the City of Kelowna, British Columbia, has been chosen to demonstrate how planning theory and practice is still influenced by the tenets of the Modernism movement. This practicum offers an Action Plan forthe St. Paul Street area that is based on theoretical guidance from the New Urbanism movement. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)