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By jason (registered) | Posted April 24, 2009 at 11:25:06

No way would I support a move to make this location permanent. There is absolutely zero room for expansion. Zero streetfront presence as there will be in the renovated market along the renovated York Blvd. The seating areas are as good as they'll get.
It's a nice temporary space, but anyone who thinks it would be a good permanent space needs to think of the future having our market become a main attraction and centre of activity in the city. The city did a lot of great work on the reno plans and York streetscape plans. We're going to see a forlorn freeway downtown turned into a people place with ample room for outdoor stalls, vendors, festivals, and pedestrian life. As I mentioned in this blog, the next move will be far more exciting than this temporary one. I'm glad the temporary space works well and is going to be enjoyable to use for the next year and a half, but I'll be really excited to watch the new market/library/York St take shape over the next 18 months and I'm sure there will be a huge buzz in this city on opening weekend in the newly expanded, people-friendly Market later next year.

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