Comment 48198

By rednic (registered) | Posted September 24, 2010 at 18:18:33

this situation reminds a lot of the situation in the early 80's regarding king St ( both east and west in toronto ), These buildings were decrepit and for the most part not (legally) used. The city under Barbara hall basically took a hands off approach to the enforcement of zoning bylaws, in these areas. The area began to flourish, and is now completely out of my price range hence ... i live in Landsdale. Certainly outright gentrification is not the answer neither but it enforcing the laws in such a way that there is no hope for the neighborhood. My understanding of the zoning of the pearl company property is there is no hope of it being residential either since there is no on site parking, so the city seems to have boxed itself into a corner where the only legal use is to plywood over the windows and let it rot. That obviously is not a very sane solution, but it seems one that makes the powers that be happy.

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