Downtown has been relatively resilient throughout the pandemic
Since BC’s initial stay-at-home orders in 2020, over 80 downtown street-level businesses have permanently closed and over 40 new businesses have opened. Closures slowed in the first half of 2021 while leasing activity increased. Foot traffic gradually grew since May; however, it is still below pre-pandemic levels. Public space activations have helped to temporarily increase foot traffic.
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