Big things happen when you gather and activate lots of small things.
It’s how communities are built—brick-by-brick or person-by-person—held together by the mortar and momentum that makes the whole greater than the sum of their parts. Richer. More meaningful. Relevant. That’s why we created 1M—a platform to amplify and accelerate hundreds of small ideas, experiments, and projects—that help reconnect people to our downtowns and main streets, one million sq ft at a time.
1M provides us with a tangible project, with compelling and diverse retail and amenity offerings that creates a culture of entrepreneurship, and attracts talent downtown to transform our city.”
Eileen Stan, Chair Calgary Downtown Association
1M will not only have a positive impact on our properties, but also addresses the relevance of downtown to all users and serves as a catalyst for our industry to invest in solving the many challenges we face as a city."
Mike Mannix Executive Vice President Portfolio Management Triovest Properties
Micro-neighborhoods for creators and consumers
Buildings and neighborhoods must be nurtured as living, breathing communities powered by a mix of scrappy startups and established brands that align to changing tenant tastes.
Boosting small, visible projects build momentum
Reactivating areas isn't about filling vacant space with mega tenants or big vision redevelopment strategies. It's about learning from hundreds of moves that build momentum over time.
Downtowns are best experienced from the ground up
Retail spaces and building lobbies can be more than security checkpoints and elevator banks. They are highly visible social amenities, gathering places and service hubs for a neighborhood.
Making time for dwell time and place context
Promoting round-the-clock activity beyond 9 to 5 transforms downtowns from simply office spaces to work into neighborhoods where housing, social and retail amenities intermix.
Mixing right use, right price across a network of spaces
Working with multiple building owners “one block at a time”, we can test and scale an evolving mix of services and amenities, versus leasing spaces in silos that create disjointed experiences.
Humans will always need IRL places and spaces to connect
As digital connectivity continues to evolve rapidly, we can’t let the old rules of city planning and real estate development stifle how we connect, gather and build in real life.
What is 1M?
Why a million square feet?
What's a "project"?
Who is a community booster?
Who is a project creator?
Who's behind 1M?
What's your business model?
Can you bring 1M to our city?
Bring your downtown to life with 1M
1M is made possible through strong on-the-ground community partnerships with entrepreneurial leaders, private developers, local champions and city leaders.
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