Comment 79189

By Fred Street (anonymous) | Posted July 04, 2012 at 17:32:20

The people who are most distant from supermarkets live right downtown. If you live west of Queen, north of Wilson or east of Walnut, you're probably within a kilometre of a grocery store. This shortfall, as I see it, is primarily about serving the needs of those who live right in the heart of downtown.

And EcDev has already put its finger on the sticky nature of pitching that demographic:

By their own estimation, downtown represents about a fifth of Ward 2's entire population, but is also overwhelmingly made up of single, childless renters in low-income households.

There are 23,400 jobs downtown generating an average salary of just under $54K, but only 8,300 residents (~5,300 of whom are LICO).

How many years of adding 120 residents (which I believe is the annual average) will it take to achieve some sort or optimal balance?

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