Comment 106602

By RobF (registered) | Posted December 05, 2014 at 11:34:09 in reply to Comment 106588

I don't quite share QueenStreetWestOmen's view, but there's a fine line between pretty-city discourse and the ravanchist city.

That said, the bigger issue is why allow the floors above the shops to remain empty ... rather than ask the city to enforce a "broken windows" policy why not advocate for a mandatory occupancy or use policy? Or at least adopt policies that remove any economic incentive to allow such spaces to remain vacant more or less indefinitely. The overall health of the street would improve if these spaces were returned to productive use as residences or small offices.

A "broken windows" approach encourages us to address the symptom of the problem not the problem itself.

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