Last week the Downtown Biz released the 2010 version of Downtown Trends. It's a booklet of downtown stats: everything from demographic info to pedestrian counts to projects in development.
Here are some interesting tidbits and comparisons between 2007 (the last Trends) and 2010...
- Number of parking stalls downtown: 32,000 (2007); 35,000 (2010).
- Increase in housing units downtown since 2005: 893.
- The Downtown Spirit free bus daily use: 613 rides per day (2007); 1290 (2010).
One flat statistic was the amount of tourist and convention traffic between 2007 and 2010 but the number of 'arts and entertainment' visits to downtown has nearly doubled thanks to things like the MTS Centre, Jazz Fest, Fringe Fest etc.