Pinning Hopes on Theatres to Bring People Downtown

Canadian cities are increasingly investing in cultural centers in their downtowns in order to create attract people and spur investment.

Ian Merringer reports on several Toronto-area cities that are building theatres in hopes of revitalizing their downtowns:

"This rush of public money is intended to do more than just provide comfortable seats for the comfortable classes. The location of each theatre – set squarely downtown in cities that have suffered from big-box development on their fringes – suggests that music, drama and dance are being asked to deliver a shot of vitality to urban centres."

Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring says his city expects to see "a $7-million spin-off effect" from the new stage.

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