For the area south of Portage Avenue the fourteen blocks comprising the Broadway-St. Mary sector, the physical form of the plan is established by the major traffic arteries. Main Street is such an artery forming the eastern boundary of the sector; Smith Street is a major artery carrying one-way traffic northbound, and Donald is the other member of this pair, carrying one-way traffic southbound, and Edmonton is proposed as a major one-way street carrying cross-town traffic northbound over a proposed new bridge crossing the Assiniboine River, with Kennedy acting as the other member of this pair, carrying traffic south bound. The fourteen-block enclave is thus bordered on the east by Main Street, on the west by Edmonton Street, while the Smith-Donald pair passes exactly through the centre of the group.
Because of this arrangement the blocks abutting these arteries lend themselves to development as “movement corridors,” containing such uses as automobile parking structures, and enclosed pedestrian ways with services and facilities for shopping, entertainment, recreation, and similar types of non-residential uses, while the blocks which lie between these corridors might appropriately be developed for residential uses.
In effect, the plan provides that the blocks between Main Street and Fort Street, Smith Street and Donald Street, and Carlton Street and Edmonton Street, be developed for these non-residential purposes, and the blocks in between, that is the blocks lying between Fort and Smith, and Donald and Carlton be developed to residential development.
It is intended that the non-residential blocks serve not only the local residential development, but the whole of the Metropolitan Downtown market. And in keeping with the analysis made in an earlier section of this report, it is intended that the residential blocks be developed with high density apartments 1,000 suites per block seems a suitable density in this context.