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Mayor: London’s ‘music city’ needs a downtown entertainment district

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Mayor Ed Holder wants to capitalize on London’s “music city” designation by turning part of the city center into an official entertainment district, saying it will help boost the city’s economic recovery.

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Holder is seeking to get the rest of the city council on board with his commitment, which he first laid out in this year’s State of the City address. She will present a motion to Tuesday’s planning committee meeting asking city staff to do the legwork and look into the logistics.

What attracts people cities and makes them want to stay are the amenities. The music, the aryouthe cultureall those stuff that would force people aceYes ‘things are happening in this city, and I want to stay,'” Holder said.

What we seek is to get moving, identify the district, and then identify The types of ssupportstangible actions (to) promote music, entertainment and culture For him town.”

London was declared a city of music by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in November, the first Canadian community to earn the label.

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Incumbent capitalized on the appointment in his annual State of the City address in January, the last of his term. The mayor has not yet declared whether he will run for re-election, but has promised an announcement in mid- to late-May.

As with other pledges made at the annual fundraiser, Holder will seek broader support from the full City Council.

His motion to committee Tuesday asks staff to report “specific geographic boundaries” for a core area entertainment district, as well as a definition for the zone. Holder also wants bureaucrats to outline “tangible actions to be taken in the late spring, summer and fall months to demonstrate how music, entertainment and culture can help fuel America’s ongoing economic and social recovery.” our community.”

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Holder envisions a district that includes Harris and Labatt parks, stretching to King or even York Street, encompassing Budweiser Gardens and other cultural landmarks like the Grand Theater and Eldon House. She said she is open to debate on the southern and eastern boundaries.

It has not yet been determined what other privileges or rules would exist in a London entertainment zone, but it could include broader statutes to help promote live music and other forms of entertainment and events.

But music and entertainment in the city center have not been without their challenges. A handful of inner-city residents recently wrote to the council arguing against a waiver to extend July’s Rock the Park concert series to a five-day event, which the council approved, citing noise, crowds and the garbage generated.

Holder, who has repeatedly declared “let the music play” when such debates arise, believes an entertainment district would help promote economic and social recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic further emptied central London and silenced many festivals and other cultural events.

i think this is one of the most tremendous exciting opportunities Lwow will have as areattention tool for our citizens and people who are looking, where do I want to live as I get older?

Planning committee politicians are expected to discuss Holder’s motion Tuesday at the 4 pm meeting.

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