Comment 74817

By Borrelli (registered) | Posted February 28, 2012 at 09:30:41

I won't bother to repeat Undustrial's comment, which I wholeheartedly agree with, but will add that should this actually be a serious proposal, advocates should start doing their homework now to demonstrate net benefits to the neighbourhood.

It is highly likely that the SMEs nearby would have their business cannibalized, and neighbours would notice more traffic on their streets as cars came and went from this Free Trade Zone and accompanying parking lot. A box store isn't the kind of development that people walk to or has drivers sticking around after they shop, so James N. won't suddenly become a bustling streetscape.

The only way someone could pitch this concept and make someone like me happy is if it were urban-designed and directly connected to a high-density residential development, so that the project as a whole necessarily brings more people into the core.

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