Comment 90846

By Sigma Cub (anonymous) | Posted August 13, 2013 at 11:48:34

Five paragraphs earlier in the March 17, 2001 Spectator article cited, the toothlessness of city ordinances is foreshadowed.

Before establishing the precedent that "prompted city council to pass a bylaw prohibiting developers who demolish old structures from opening parking lots in their place":

"Walking south from the gleaming CIBC tower, the first building you come to is the former Royal Bank Building. Its owner, also Yale Properties Inc., caused a furor when it announced plans to demolish the six-storey structure due to lack of tenants. Today, the building sits empty awaiting its fate. Thirty paces up the street is the Pigott Building, the city's first skyscraper. "

That building was, of course, demolished. Twelve years later, the gravel lot still sits empty but -- legally compliant -- devoid of anything but weeds.

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