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By jason (registered) | Posted June 02, 2010 at 12:01:02

good comment Dave. It's true, folks like the hardware store guy need to realize that he isn't competing with Home Depot or Canadian Tire. He can't. He needs to be the darn best hardware store around and folks from his neighbourhood will choose to go there instead of driving to a big box store. I know which store you're referring to and I go there regularly.

Downtown Toronto streets such as Queen East in the Beaches, Bloor West near High Park, College in Little Italy and Danforth Avenue in Greektown are all perfect examples of what Barton, King, Main, York and James should look and function like. The residents shop there, eat there, dine there, entertain there, relax there etc..... in Hamilton our one-way freeways have made it simple for downtown residents to go shopping in the Meadowlands or Limeridge Mall and as a result, none of those stores will open a downtown location despite all the women in the neighbourhood I see with bags from Mapleview or Limeridge. If downtown streets were made more business friendly and people friendly, more residents would choose to stay downtown and these stores would begin to open downtown locations to serve their customer base. And they'd be able to do it the way they do in Toronto or Ottawa - nice downtown stores without massive parking lots anywhere, and yet they manage to survive. Who knew??

Anyone who thinks we need more parking lots downtown can meet me for lunch at the corner of Rebecca and Catharine. We'll sit on the ground for an hour or two and enjoy the beautiful atmosphere. Who needs College Street patios when you can have all this???

Comment edited by jason on 2010-06-02 11:01:32

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