Comment 106608

By RobF (registered) | Posted December 05, 2014 at 13:07:40 in reply to Comment 106606

I realize that is a problem. It would face intense lobbying against it from some quarters and changes of this nature are entertained with great caution by our provincial government.

I'm also aware of the Yonge-Dundas case, where the city expropriated buildings on the lands that now form Toronto Life Square (both the mall on the northeast corner and public square on the southeast corner). When the owners appealed to the OMB, the city's argument was essentially that the area was too important to the economic interests of the city to be left in its present shabby and under-utilized condition. The city won. So municipalities already possess certain of powers and policy levers they can employ if they wish to go beyond addressing exterior maintenance and address the issue of productive use. I'm not suggesting that following the Yonge-Dundas example is desirable. I would prefer a softer or incremental approach to change. I'm just wary of too singular a focus on external aesthetics.

Comment edited by RobF on 2014-12-05 13:22:06

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