Wednesday, 17 July 2019
As this screenshot from the town's website outlines, Love Your Laneways Action Committee coordinator, Burke Penny, made a deputation to the Town Council at their July 10th meeting. His update was enthusiastically received by council members.
Many design meetings with local business have already taken place, with several more scheduled!
Wednesday, 10 July 2019
The Midland Love Your Laneways Handbook is now available to view or download online! It's filled with practical advice and real-world examples for enhancing laneway access to downtown businesses. Whether it's a simple change or a major transformation, the Handbook will inspire you! The Love Your Laneways Action Committee is here to help you transform those inspirations into reality. You can access the downloadable version anytime by clicking on the Handbook tab at the top of the page.
Sunday, 30 June 2019
Friday, 21 June 2019
The Love Your Laneways Project received good news on Wednesday evening when Midland Council approved a new Laneways Community Improvement Plan (CIP) to support downtown merchants who want to make improvements to the back of their businesses this summer before the BIG DIG next year. Eligible projects could include rear facade upgrades, improved lighting, signage and/or landscaping. Check the June 19th Council Highlights for more information.
Sunday, 16 June 2019
Here's an example of a typical business back entrance in downtown Midland, opening out into one of the laneways:
Can you recognize this store? (Answer at the end of the post.) Right now there is nothing that identifies the business or provides a welcoming entrance to customers. However, there is also a lot of untapped potential! Here's a closer look:
Three different walls with the potential of being painted, a door that can be easily spruced up, green space that offers lots of options for plantings, pathways, or permeable resurfacing... many of these things could be done without a huge expense for the business. We'll be featuring this and other transformations as the Love Your Laneways Project progresses!
(This is the back of Georgian Bay Books.)
Friday, 14 June 2019
The Love Your Laneways Action Committee asked what revitalized laneways should look like - and here are the responses. Lighting and safety are obviously top concerns, but people are also interested in clear signage and accessibility for all, as well. If you have a vision for our downtown laneways that isn't mentioned, please tell us in the comments!