Our Core Area

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The City of London has a vision to revitalize our Core Area as the cultural, civic, retail, and economic heart of London, and as a great place to live. Ultimately, we want to improve homelessness prevention, enhance safety and security, ensure there is space for the economy to grow, and create a positive space to attract visitors in our Core Area.

Core Area plans and strategies

There are several strategies, plans, and programs underway that set the foundation for revitalizing in our Core Area. These plans encompass everything from homeless prevention and business supports to transportation infrastructure and cultural prosperity. These include the Core Area Action Plan, the London Community Recovery Network, Back to Business initiatives, and The Housing Stability Action Plan, to name a few. To learn more about these plans, visit Our Core Area web page.

Engagement opportunities

Want to stay up-to-date with Core Area initiatives and engagement opportunities? Sign up for the Our Core Area newsletter to stay up-to-date.

The City will provide periodic status updates related to Core Area initiatives in the 'Newsfeed' section below. Survey and forum engagement opportunities will also be hosted on this web page when input or feedback is requested by City staff.

Have a question or comment? Share it under the 'Questions' section below and a City staff member will follow up with a response. Have a great idea to improve our Core? Do you want to share a great story about your experience in the Core? Share your ideas and stories with us in the 'Ideas' section below.

Please continue to follow our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for promotions related to Core Area updates and engagement opportunities.

The City of London has a vision to revitalize our Core Area as the cultural, civic, retail, and economic heart of London, and as a great place to live. Ultimately, we want to improve homelessness prevention, enhance safety and security, ensure there is space for the economy to grow, and create a positive space to attract visitors in our Core Area.

Core Area plans and strategies

There are several strategies, plans, and programs underway that set the foundation for revitalizing in our Core Area. These plans encompass everything from homeless prevention and business supports to transportation infrastructure and cultural prosperity. These include the Core Area Action Plan, the London Community Recovery Network, Back to Business initiatives, and The Housing Stability Action Plan, to name a few. To learn more about these plans, visit Our Core Area web page.

Engagement opportunities

Want to stay up-to-date with Core Area initiatives and engagement opportunities? Sign up for the Our Core Area newsletter to stay up-to-date.

The City will provide periodic status updates related to Core Area initiatives in the 'Newsfeed' section below. Survey and forum engagement opportunities will also be hosted on this web page when input or feedback is requested by City staff.

Have a question or comment? Share it under the 'Questions' section below and a City staff member will follow up with a response. Have a great idea to improve our Core? Do you want to share a great story about your experience in the Core? Share your ideas and stories with us in the 'Ideas' section below.

Please continue to follow our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for promotions related to Core Area updates and engagement opportunities.

  • May 3, 2021 Update

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    Temporary traffic changes along Dundas Place

    The City is implementing temporary traffic diversions on Dundas Place to help improve safety and mobility for all road users during 2021 construction. This involves preventing vehicle traffic from entering Dundas Place from Ridout Street in the west and Wellington Street in the east, to reduce the volume of through traffic. Drivers will reach their Dundas Place destinations using Talbot, Richmond or Clarence Street instead. This change requires a bylaw approval from City Council on May 4. If approved, these changes will take effect beginning Thursday, May 6, 2021.

    Programming and events are being planned for Dundas Place, and we look forward to launching these as soon as it becomes safe to do so.

    Sidewalk sales

    The City of London has launched a new streamlined application process to host sidewalk sales on City property, to make it easier for businesses to serve customers safely outside. Learn more.

    Free parking in the Core

    The City continues to offer free two-hour parking under the HonkMobile code, ‘B2B20’, as part of efforts to support businesses through the pandemic. Parking on Dundas Place is now under a one-hour time limit and free from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Saturday. In the evenings between 6 p.m. and 8 a.m., on Sundays and holidays parking on Dundas Place is unrestricted and free. Learn more.

    New temporary park & pick-up locations downtown

    The City has added more than a dozen new short-term parking spots throughout the downtown to provide clearly identifiable locations for customers and food delivery drivers making quick food and parcel pickups. See media release.

    Expanded patios

    Temporary permissions allowing for expanded use of outdoor space for patios this past year have been extended to the end of 2021. In addition, Council has approved a Zoning amendment to permanently allow expanded seasonal patios on private property, city-wide, as well as a longer patio season.

    Housing Stability

    Several projects are underway that will provide additional affordable housing in London. Among these is the addition of 34 units for individuals with high support needs, as part of the Indwell Project at 744 Dundas Street, which is scheduled to be built by the end of 2022. Read more.

    Victoria Lands sale approved

    In late February, Council approved the sale of the Old Victoria Hospital Lands Phase II (OVHL) to Vision SoHo Alliance group for their proposal to create over 600 units of housing, including 300 units of affordable housing. See media release.

    Instagram business takeover

    Within the next few weeks, we will be launching an Instagram takeover program, highlighting local businesses once a week during a defined time period on the City’s Instagram. Please follow the City’s Instagram to stay up-to-date.