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By Shempatolla (registered) - website | Posted January 03, 2011 at 17:32:57

I believe the answer lies in density. Mixed use commerical, residential, public use. Naysayers and armchair urban planners love to point their finger at edifices like Copp's, AGH, Hamilton Place, Convention Center etc and scream White Elephant. The problem is and has been for a long time that we do not have enough people LIVING in downtown. Imagine some of the swath of surface parking lots within a 10 minute walk of Jackson Square in ANY direction replaced my a mix of low, mid and highrise residential free hold and condominium units full of people living and hopefully working in our own city. What do they need? Grocery stores, market, department store, one off shops, restraunts, entertainment, cultural facilities and destinations. etc.

It's about critical mass and creating the conditions that can make that happen. It involves things like Setting Sail, AND public facilities like a stadium and velodrome, and park land and LRT. They are all tied together and no one single piece of the puzzle will be a panacea.

Unfortunately what has happened is this discussion and evolution of what we are doing down there has been hijacked by a private business whose only concern has been its own bottom line.

My two cents

Comment edited by Shempatolla on 2011-01-03 17:34:11

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