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Sunday, December 13, 2009
revitalising Centretown - the food connection
European cities have a neighbourhood pattern: butcher, baker, cheese shop, fishmonger...
These dedicated stores make for a great part of walkable urban life.
Centretown has many great aspects: restaurants at all price points and for all tastes, a nice big grocery store in Hartman's, some smaller food stores, lots of good services, and a good bakery (I like Bread & Sons), but those other traditional anchors are still missing, and are something that Westboro and the Market have to offer that Centretown doesn't.
I hope this may happen, err, organically, as storefronts close on Bank and reopen as specialty shops. But another opportunity would be the Central Phase II development, which has
Central Phase II - what do you think? - December 12, 2009
I'm not sure I know what "urban-format grocery store" means, Hartman's is a good grocery store and it's only four blocks from Central II, plus Shoppers Drug Mart in Central I will have routine food items. It doesn't make sense to me to have another regular grocery store with Hartman's that close.
You've probably guessing where I'm going: Central Phase II with a ground floor of excellent baker, butcher, and cheese shop would be awesome.
I would also think--hint, hint, Urban Capital Central developers--that being able to say you have a boutique butcher, bakery and cheeseshop would not only add to your urban cred, but would be a big help in marketing and might let you bump the price up a bit too. Why not Salslove's Centretown? Nicastros Central? Art-is-in McLeod? Would be a major boost to an area that I think is ready for it - and would probably help drive additional development down Gladstone, and encourage more foot traffic from the Glebe (recognizing the Queensway underpass is still a pretty discouraging barrier).