The DWBIA (Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association) approached Passa Architects about developing a proposed redesign of a downtown Windsor street badly in need of a facelift. The resulting design attempting to create a ‘green oasis’ within the city core by eliminating as much of the existing hard impervious surfaces and replacing those with drainable surface treatments. The design was an attempt to reduce automobile focussed transportation and emphasize alternative transportation. This was to be achieved by reducing street parking spaces and those provided would have maximum time limits imposed. Pedestrian crosswalks and sidewalks were enlarged and intensified. Green plantings such as trees or potted plants would be located along the route with an intention to also provide shade for the hard surface paved areas in order to reduce the heat island effect of heated asphalt roadways.