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By jason (registered) | Posted September 21, 2010 at 22:37:43

I've met too many small business owners downtown in the past 5+ years who all face these same hurdles. If I had a nickel for every time I heard one of them say "sometimes I wish I was just opening a Hortons or a chain restaurant in the suburbs somewhere...." I'd be rich.

Not because they want to own those businesses, but because they see firsthand how our antiquated bylaws and building codes make it illegal to open coffee shops and apartments in older downtown buildings that were built to house coffee shops and apartments 100 years ago, or to turn empty old crime-ridden factory buildings into functioning mixed-use buildings instead of just leaving them to collapse and make the front page of the Spec someday.

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