Tag Archives: Downtown

Brantford’s downtown was the “worst in Canada” – but has it bounced back?

It’s complicated. Continue reading

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What’s going on in Downtown Brampton?

Two years ago, Metrolinx started buying up properties in Downtown Brampton in order to build a new surface parking lot for GO Transit commuters. Now more houses are boarded up, and there are plans for a new university campus. Continue reading

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Ontario’s failed downtown malls

Bayside Mall, formerly the Sarnia Eaton Centre, on a Saturday morning in 2013. Most stores are vacant or occupied by non-profits or independent businesses. The Toronto Eaton Centre, large, famous, and vital, is only one of many malls built in … Continue reading

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A check-up on Downtown Barrie

Barrie has a great waterfront and an interesting downtown. However, there are serious social issues that need addressing. Continue reading

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Rethinking Downtown Brampton’s streetscape

The City of Brampton is looking to improve Main and Queen Streets downtown. Continue reading

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GO Transit and the high cost of “free” parking, Part II: Brampton Boogaloo

GO and VIA Trains meet at Brampton Station September 20, 2016 update: Metrolinx has begun the process of demolishing its newly-acquired Downtown Brampton properties. It has applied for a demolition permit for 28A and 28B Nelson Street West, two semi-detached dwellings … Continue reading

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Armed with facts, the Toronto Relief Line Alliance is launched

The Relief Line is a subway route intended to reduce crowding and congestion in Toronto’s existing subway system. Planned for over a century, we may finally see work started in a few years. If Toronto finally puts shovels in the ground on … Continue reading

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