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General Urban Kitchener Updates and Rumours
(10-11-2016, 12:18 PM)Owen Wrote:
(10-11-2016, 10:23 AM)danbrotherston Wrote: @Markster  Exactly what I said, "private interests trumping public good".

What exactly do you propose as an alternative... that the govt expropriate the property from the owner and hand it over to the developer?   Don't get me wrong - I agree it's a shame - the owner is being greedy, and his Karma is that he'll end up with nothing as nothing can be developed (that justifies a much higher price per acre) on a 19' strip of land - but I have a hard time seeing where the 'private interests trump public good' argument leads... ?

I am not implying any particular alternative or solution here.  This is far more of a deep conversation than belongs here.  But as you agree, that doesn't make my statement any less true.  I would generally like to see this happen less often.
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(10-11-2016, 01:56 PM)danbrotherston Wrote:
(10-11-2016, 12:18 PM)Owen Wrote: What exactly do you propose as an alternative... that the govt expropriate the property from the owner and hand it over to the developer?   Don't get me wrong - I agree it's a shame - the owner is being greedy, and his Karma is that he'll end up with nothing as nothing can be developed (that justifies a much higher price per acre) on a 19' strip of land - but I have a hard time seeing where the 'private interests trump public good' argument leads... ?

I am not implying any particular alternative or solution here.  This is far more of a deep conversation than belongs here.  But as you agree, that doesn't make my statement any less true.  I would generally like to see this happen less often.

The "invisible hand" doesn't always act swiftly, but it's much better than the alternativeSmile
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A good opportunity for the City to expropriate the strip at it's now much-reduced value to create a sculpture garden or other amenity.
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It seems silly on the landowners part, I wonder what they are holding out for specifically? Regardless it is nice to hear a very prominent gap Downtown could be filled in, in the relatively near future.
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(10-12-2016, 09:13 AM)panamaniac Wrote: A good opportunity for the City to expropriate the strip at it's now much-reduced value to create a sculpture garden or other amenity.

At 19' wide it's a bit small even for a garden.

Mind you, in Tokyo it's not uncommon to see 4-6 storey buildings that are only 3-4m wide.  I don't think those would be popular here, though.  19' of lot width means about 18' of interior width.  Workable for small retail, but quite restrictive for the layout of the residential floors.  You could make it work with just two units per floor (and a staircase in the middle, entered from the back of the building) but only one room would end up having a window in each unit.
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At that size you're best off with studio apartments anyway, so one window would be expected.
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Today at Spadina and Highland


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Some very deep pits excavated very quickly at the Highland/Spadina property:
   
Everyone move to the back of the bus and we all get home faster.
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The old Madison Steel Company building has been cleaned up and is ready for rent (Google street view is a higher quality image than my flip phone's camera).
   
Everyone move to the back of the bus and we all get home faster.
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I know Kieswetter Demolition was using this as an in town yard and I had understood that they were using the whole site/building. Would be nice though if there were rentals there though!
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