Comment 37271

By Jonathan Dalton (registered) | Posted January 21, 2010 at 16:06:38

The needs of young professionals for prepared, take-out food can just as easily be satisfied by cafes, bistros, and delis, not to mention Denninger's and the market. The sort of people whose idea of take-out food begins and ends with multi-national fast food chains probably aren't the sort of people who would ever entertain the idea of living downtown anyway, and in any case, there are lots of fast food chains in and around the downtown. We don't need them in Gore Park as well.

Bam.

Further to that, the mainstay takeout food of a successful commercial district in the 2000's (think Queen West or the Annex) are independents and locally owned chains. Fast food chains have been beat at their own game and their role in today's downtown is only to take their slice of the pie. Upmarket chains such as Starbucks raise the profile of the area but only after the groundwork has been done by others.

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