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Urban Villages: Osborne Village    

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Urban Villages: Osborne

 

  • Urban villages in Winnipeg?

 

Urban villages and ecology:

Urban villages provide the opportunity for people to fulfill their day to day needs in their own neighbourhood. With the added access to transit people are able to live without a car or at least reduce their dependence on the automobile. The benefit for the environment is the reduction in automobile trips and carbon emissions. These forms of development are a viable alternative to automobile oriented, single use sprawling development that has plagued North America since the mid 1900s. Being compact and in tune with smart growth principles an urban village requires less land which helps to maintain natural and agricultural areas on the city fringe (Hough, 2004: 239).

Urban villages in Winnipeg:

Urban Villages in Winnipeg Osborne Village

  • Corydon Avenue
  • South Osborne
  • Provencher Boulevard
  • West Broadway and Wolsley
  • Grant Park
  • Academy Street
  • St. James

Other areas that have the potential to become urban villages in the future:

  • Assiniboine and Broadway Avenues
  • Waterfront Drive / South Point Douglas
  • Kapyong Barracks
  • Bus Rapid Transit Station Areas along Pembina Highway

Winnipeg, an amalgamation of 13 original towns has the potential to create multiple urban villages. These original towns were: Winnipeg, Old Winnipeg, Transcona, St. Boniface, St. Vital, West Kildonan, East Kildonan, Tuxedo, Old Kildonan, North Kildonan, Fort Garry, Charleswood, and St. James. Each of these now neighbourhoods within the city has remnants of their original built form. Many still have some form of main street and a variety of land uses. This could be built upon to create a network of urban villages.

PolloOsborne Village at night. (Osborne and River St. interscetion).