Dundee’s city development convener believes resurrecting the fortunes of struggling Reform Street could be crucial to ensuring the City of Discovery enjoys future cultural success.
Councillor Lynne Short feels “out of the box thinking” is required to fulfil Dundee city centre’s potential.
Creating jazz clubs or comedy clubs could help Reform Street enjoy a thriving nighttime economy, Ms Short believes.
While nothing is set in stone, the city centre councillor believes following in Edinburgh’s footsteps and organising an event akin to Dundee’s own Fringe Festival could be beneficial.
Ms Short said: “We’ve got to start thinking outside of the box.
“Reform Street is made for nighttime economy, so we need to see what we can do.
“It doesn’t have to just be places to eat or drink, but can be places to be entertained. Things like comedy clubs or jazz clubs. Different things to appeal to different parts of the community.
“The Fringe is coming up, why do we not see if places in Dundee can tap into that?
“Why not have a Fringe Fringe, something small scale? Not everyone wants to play in the Caird Hall. It could be quite intimate.”
Ms Short added that ensuring Reform Street has a bright future will be one of the central topics discussed during a meeting with Dundee city centre’s management team on Friday.
Addressing small scale items such as correcting clocks attached to properties along the street, according to Ms Short, will also help the street’s fortunes.
The SNP councillor added: “The little things can make a big difference.”
Ms Short has previously insisted tourists need more options than Dundee city centre currently has to offer.
While she concedes new developments are on the way, the Maryfield councillor has said more steps need to be taken to create a city centre with “a buzzing night time economy that is not led by alcohol”.