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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 21, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Wwrmdvy, iura 91, 1972 THE IETHBRIDGI HRAID 43 Pedestrian mall phenomenon Public likes them; businessmen not so sure By BERT ALLEN NFAV YORK (Reuter) Many North American cities, in a bid to improve business and at Hie same lime reduce air pollution from motor vehi- cle e x h a u s t s, have trans- formed portions of their down town shopping streets into permanent pedestrian malls. In almost all cases, these car-free zones have received favorable reaction from the public and a mixed reception from the business community. A majority ot busincs opera- tors seem to like the malls, but mainly owners of businesses such as dry-clean- ing establishments and appli- ance repair a ro against them, The main objective of the malls is to make shopping more attractive for the public in city centres that had been losing an increasing amount of business in recent years to modern suburban shopping centres which offer unlimited parking facilities. In many of the pedestrian malls, additional off-street parking areas have been cre- ated behind the stores, where provision also has been made for trucks and other service vehicles to make deliveries. SOME OKAY BIKES Regulations vary from city to city, but many malls per- mit bicycles and provide spe- cial racks to park them. In Canada, a permanent mall opened in 1967 in Otta- wa's Sparks Street now is four blocks long. Development of a fifth block is to start in 1974, making it the largest mall in Canada. The Ottawa mall has won the Canadian award for excellence in urban environ- ment. Toronto's Yonge Street Mall Is scheduled to open next week. Plans, similar to last year's initial venture, call for flowers, trees, ice cream ven- dors and a beer garden in the midlc of the city's main shopping street. This year a four-block area will be opened in sections, with a northern section from June 28 to Aug. 14 and a southern section from July 27 to Aug. 14. In Montreal, attempts to re- duce the number of cars in the city have apparently back- fired. The Montreal subway sys- tem, which opened in 1968, succeeded initially In convinc- ing people to leave their cars at home. ATTRACTS BUSINESS But the subway also at- tracted more businesses, ho- tels and other facilities to lo- cate in the downtown area and in the last six years there has been an increase in car traffic with people entering the city to use the new facil- ties, a report by the Montreal city council indicated earlier this year. One of the impressive devel- opments in the U.S. is the Westminster Mall in Provi- dence, R.I., where four blocks of a principal downtown shop- ping street are permanently closed to vehicular traffic. The street was re-surfaced, sewer covers removed and re- located, trees and bushes planted, and benches spread over the area. The Westminster Mall also includes two new, 400-car parking garages. The Golden Mall In Bur- bank, Calif., has allotted sub- stantial space for rest rooms and children's play areas. Burbank also has put empha- sis on luring people to the area In the evening to patron- ize restaurants and cocktail lounges. In Fresno, Calif., a mall has expensive sculptures and other works of art on display. It is designed to attract tour- ists as well as local people. Other cities with pedestrian malls include Rochester, N.Y.; Dallas, Tex., Toledo, Ohio, Kalamazoo and Jackson in Michigan; Atchison, Kan., Po- mon aand Redondo Beach in California, Miami Beach, Fla., Coos Bay, Ore., Minneapolis, Minn., Reading, Pa., Jackson, Mis., and Knoxvillc, Tcnn. In New York City, where a liigh air pollution level has often become a health hazard, portions of some Manhattan streets were closed to motor traffic Saturdays as an exper- iment in the summers of 1970 and 1971. Vehicles were banned on famed Fifth Avenue, a high- quality shopping street, from 42nd Street to 5th Street. Scv- cral blocks on Lexington and Madison Avenues also wera closed on weekends. Some store-owners voiced strong op- position and the closings were halted. In New Orleans, part oi famed Bourbon Street, which runs through the French Quarter of the city, is closed most of tic day so that tour- ists can roam unhindered by the cars and trucks which clog the other narrow streets of the Quarter. Oil firms will be given choice CALGARY (CP) A govern- ment member of the Alberta legislature said Monday the oi! industry will be given the right to accept the province's oil re- serve tax or agree to lift the 1G 2-3 per cent royalty ceiling on their leases. Ron G hitter, member for Calgary Buffalo, told a meeting of the Calgary McKnight Pro- gressive Conservative Associa- tion the government is meeting daily with the oil industry as the July 30 deadline for the Implementation of a new oil re- source revenue plan nears. Mr. Ghitter said he thought the oil industry would be glad to amend the leases since this method would be easier on them administratively. He said the danger In estab- lishing a new oil resource pol- icy would be in asking too much from the industry. He said lie felt that at the present time the oil industry can afford to pay more. Referring to the possibilities of a sales tax in the future, Mr. Ghitter said it would be "polit- ical dynamite" for a govern- ment to implement one in this province. Alberta is the only province without a provincial sales tax. HARDSHIP CUT SAIGON (AP) Mayor Do Kien. Nhieu says he wants the city's long-haired youths to get haircuts as a gesture "of shar- ing with their compatriots present national hardships." DE GAULLE MEMORIAL Cross of Lorraine was do- cticated recently to tho memory of Charles de Gaulle, In Colombey-les-deux-Eglises near the late general's horns and grave. The memorial was dedicated by French pre- sident Georges Pompidou. Canada reaches trade milestone OTTAWA (CP) Despite ris- ing prices and high unemploy- ment, Canada this summer has become a billion economy for the first time, federal statis- tics indicate. It probably already has passed that mark, since it re- quired an increase of only 1.3 per cent from the billion gross national product reported by Statistics Canada for the. first three months of 1972. It will bo another three months before the statistics agency can compile figures for the second quarter of the year April, May and June but data now available on im- portant sectors of the economy point to continued growth. The Industrial produclior Index, covering about one thirr of the economy, was up 2.1 per- cent in April, after showing atagnation between February and March. Employment in May was up 8.2 per cent from a year ago though it didn't show as greal growth in April and May as i might have, taking seasonal f ac tors into account. Automobile and commercia vehicle production was up 1 per cent in April and May froi the average for the first quarte of tho year. And steel Ingot pro duction was up 3.3 per cen These are important indicator of the general health of th economy. Important sectors of anothe aslc and paper -showed growth in April. OUSE-BUILDING HIGHER House-building activity surged liead in May, with construction arting on 37.8 per cent more ouses and apartments than a ear earlier. Housing starts In lay ran at an annual rate of. M.SOO, compared with i April. And an Important indicator of etail activity and consumer, onfidenca also was up. Con- urn er credit outstanding in April was 14.5 per cent higher han a year ago. All of these facts point to growth of the GNP. It rose by 1.2- per cent in the first quarter )f I972.from the last quarter of 971. Last spring and summer, t put on a significant spurt, ris- ng by 2.9 per cent in April, May and June, and by three per cent in July, August and Sep- ;ember. Consumer prices rose eight- tenths of one per cent in the first three months of 1972, and a further seven-tenths in April and May. Across the whole economy, prices rose by I.I per cent in the first quarter and might be expected to do so again this quarter. Unemployment totalled 000 or 6.2 per cent of the labor force in May this year. Taking seasonal factors into account, it ran just as high in April and May this year as it did in Jan- uary, February and March. Mineral talks please Trudeau OTTAWA tCP) Prime Min- ister Trudeau says he is "very happy" that the premiers of the five eastern provinces are pre- pared to sit down with the fed- eral government and discuss offshore mineral rights. He was replying to Commons questions Monday from Con- servative Leader Robert Stan- field who wanted lo know fed- eral reaction ot the weekend meeting in Halifax in which the four Atlantic Provinces and Quebec claimed jurisdictional control over the mineral rights. Mr. Trudeau said he received Brewery people get pay raise REGINA (CP) Brewery workers in liegina and Saska toon have agreed to a contracl giving them an increase o: 51.30 an hour over three years The contract was negotiateencfits although "there was something on ownership." 50-50 SPLIT He thought that the willing- nes on the part of the prov- inces to discuss "certain federal responsibilities" would indicate that some benefits go with this. Mr. Trudeau told John Lun- drigan (PC Gander-Twillin- gate) that he does not admit off- shore mineral rights belong in totality to the provinces, and neither has the federal govern- ment proposed that it take all the revenues. He said there have been many discussions since tha federal government proposed in 1968 that Ottawa take 50 per cent of the revenue and the other 50 per cent be distributed among all provinces. 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