There was some development going on in the East Village earlier this fall... I had some co-workers tell me that they wernt allowed to park in some of the lots, because barricades went up. I originally thought that was the kickstart to demolition, but after a couple months, some of the barriers came down, and people were able to park again.
work on the east Village needs to get started. I dont normally support empty lots, but I'll make an exception here. Having worked in the City for a few years now, and seeing first hand the type of activity there, it's a haven for bad news right now. I think the culdesac needs to be closed off, and a parimeter fance should be erected to get the criminal activity off the lots. There are litterally drug deals that go on behind, in front, and on the sides of those buildings.
I feel for the people that live in the Orange Lofts. There was so much hope when that building was built, but when the East Village stalled, they were stranded in the water. So close, yet so far away.
All it takes is just one major development, and it will kickstart the rest. These types of developments usually rely heavily on public buildings, given the nature of situation. Nobody wants to build in the "zone" between the Sally Anne and Drop-in Centre without knowing what type of other developments will go in for support.
I say start by building a new Police HQ right next to the Sally Anne, backed by the new Urban Campus, and new Apartment Condos and retail shoppes with curbside-metered parking on the CP lands. This city is seriously short on apartments now that everyone is condominiumizing existing apartments. If people arnt willing to purchase property in the East Village, there are tonnes of people willing to rent. The area simply needs a connection of people, businesses and positive streetlife. New city facilities and administration buildings wouldnt be out of the question either. Given the proximity to City Hall, and it would also free up office space elsewhere in the core.
Last edited by unibrain; Dec 29, 2006 at 7:39 AM.