Building up Thunder Bay South

Crews were doing some urban forestry early on Sunday morning removing dead trees off downtown streets.
Crews were doing some urban forestry early on Sunday morning removing dead trees off downtown streets.

Crews were doing some urban forestry early on Sunday morning removing dead trees off downtown streets.
Crews were doing some urban forestry early on Sunday morning removing dead trees off downtown streets.

Fort William Downtown Gets Some Attention

THUNDER BAY – The streets of downtown Fort William were echoing with the sounds of chain-saws this morning. Dead trees along Brodie Street were getting removed. There were about eight dead trees removed from along the sidewalks. Those trees had been standing there dead for over a year.

Mayor Hobbs in a walkabout on Wednesday night in the downtown Fort William area.

Walking the streets, with ‘Boots on the Ground’ the Mayor said is a much better way to see what is really happening.

The tour with the Mayor was fairly low-key and started at about 9PM. One of the goals was seeing how the streets in the downtown Fort William transition after dark. In parts of the downtown area the litter, and the dead trees were leaving a poor impression on visitors, especially tourists.

Over the past several weeks, there has been a noted increase in police patrols in the downtown ward.

There is lots of work going on in the downtown. Brodie Street, May Street and Victoria Avenue are all marked for areas that need attention.

Repairs to streets and sidewalks in the downtown Fort William are working toward improving the area
Repairs to streets and sidewalks in the downtown Fort William are working toward improving the area

There is a lot of work going on in the Fort William area. The Mayor walked the neighbourhood, noted several things that needed attention.

Seeing the trees coming down is a sign that things seen on Wednesday generated some solid action.

The historic Chapple Building in the downtown Fort William Business District is getting a facelift.
The historic Chapple Building in the downtown Fort William Business District is getting a facelift.
The Underpass to Kam River Park is getting some long needed attention.
The Underpass to Kam River Park is getting some long needed attention.
There is always lots happening at Blue Sky Community Healing Centre on East Victoria Avenue
There is always lots happening at Blue Sky Community Healing Centre on East Victoria Avenue
Thunder Bay City Hall and the plaza are in great shape in downtown Fort William
Thunder Bay City Hall and the plaza are in great shape in downtown Fort William