Photo credit: me
Pic 1: Normally SSP'ers aren't big fans of parking lots, especially surface level ones. I would say, however, that this new one at the NE corner of Hastings St & Abbott St is an improvement over the previous state of the property. It was a fenced in, lifeless corner with absolutely zero activity. The empty lot is the scourge of the city., imho. The parking lot is full and landscaping makes it look better.
Pic 2: Hopefully this one storey brick building directly east of the parking lot can be incorporated into any future development of the parking lot. This will save the property from being orphaned between the new development and the taller building on its other side (which I think is a heritage listed building).