Comment 84353

By seancb (registered) - website | Posted December 22, 2012 at 13:42:55 in reply to Comment 84279

We have endless fields of empty space here sitting ready for such high density developments.

If the business case was there, they'd be built by now.

Every building that comes down creates more empty space and weakens the business case just a little bit, pushing the condo dreams further away.

The only way to build the business case is through organic growth and renovation of the current building stock.

This can happen through changes to our arcane zoning bylaws and ridiculously one-sided transportation system.

Your argument sounds to me like "the buildings are derelict because the buildings exist". The solution to the disrepair is to make it economically viable to restore them,not to tear them down.

Obviously the business case for renovating these smaller buildings is not quite strong enough (yet?) and until we reach that early benchmark, the condo towers will remain a distant dream.

There is absolutely zero need for removal of any buildings in pretty much the entire lower city.

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