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Commercial Street celebrated

The city's planning department is using World Town Planning Day to celebrate Canada's greatest street – Nanaimo's Commercial Street.

In the inaugural Great Places in Canada contest, hosted by the Canadian Institute of Planners, Commercial Street was named the greatest street in the country for historic character and its ability to rejuvenate itself despite pressures from urban sprawl over entries from across Canada.

To celebrate, on Tuesday (Nov. 8) from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lobby of the Nanaimo Museum, city staff will be on hand to discuss Nanaimo's planning strategy and provide free heritage tours at noon, 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m.

Nanaimo bars and coffee will also be available, and visitors can cast votes for their favourite Nanaimo building and historical photos.

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