Comment 51938

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted November 19, 2010 at 13:04:41

Off the top of my head, the following areas in Jackson Square are nearly or totally vacant, and certainly up for grabs for interesting markets.

  • Both layers of the underground parking lot
  • The old BMO building at James & King
  • Many floors of Stelco Tower
  • The current market area (former IT Store etc).
  • The roof (and the 2/3 of the roof that isn't accessible).

Jackson is not going to attract new keystone corporate retailers. Most poor people in town would never be able to afford the overhead anyway. We need to give up on that strategy and start looking at alternatives, and the fact that these guys managed to pull an entire second Farmers' Market out of their hats (while we'd managed to fit all of city hall into the City Centre) demonstrates that there is, clearly, lots of room for more markets.

There is so much space there which is accomplishing nothing at all, and traditional mall-style shops have little interest in opening up downtown. Even if they did, it wouldn't do anything to set us apart from Limeridge or Mapleview anyway. If we're going to make the Farmer's Market a farmers-only type of thing, then let's open up some crafter's markets.

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