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By michaelcumming (registered) - website | Posted January 18, 2010 at 10:03:17

Great post Undustrial. I too sometimes wonder why the squatters haven't moved in. It would seem like an ideal opportunity. Squatters can be like artists and show us value where we don't see it ourselves.

A lot depends on the financial aspects of civic policies that reward certain business behaviours and discourage others. It all depends on what the owner's spreadsheets tell him. In this case they told him to do nothing. With major tweaking of policy they could have told him a different story.

However dead or dying downtown might seem to be, the fact is that lots goes on there right now. I find it very enjoyable to wander around downtown. It can be a bit gritty and run-down but it can also be very well-tended. There are certainly enough good places to eat. I always feel safe there. Many cities have far worse pockets of decay.

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