Comment 41413

By Needa Transfer (anonymous) | Posted June 01, 2010 at 14:30:15

Ottawa St. N. stagnated for a few years after the city seemingly took forever to repave. There were a number of strange fires and explosions along the strip as well, and a battle over a local "hot spot" patio. There was probably dwindling traffic from the declining industrial sector along Burlington St. too, but Ottawa Street's commercial reputation as a regional fabric centre was recently revitalized and upgraded into a "fashion centre" when a number of antique shops fled the rising rents of an increasingly gentrified Locke St. to nestle among the fabric shop. Some new cafes and restaurants opened too, and a parkette built by a local service group.

Oh, nearby Barton St. got a new big box megaplex which, thankfully, moved the farmer's market from the mall to the city parking lot behind the Ottawa St. shops, so the city can take credit for the community's revitalization now.

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