Comment 76915

By Robert D (anonymous) | Posted May 15, 2012 at 17:57:20 in reply to Comment 76914

John Street North...would that be the parking lots and Horizon Utilities building you're talking about? Not much room for improvement there, oh and the fire station.

Let's see...further up, we have more parking, a funeral home, and some commercial at cannon...a park apartment building, residential....and more residential and parking lots all the way to Barton.

Looks like really the only stretch of John North that could see any improvement as easily as the once-empty storefronts on James North is the area between Main and King William where:
1) Treble Hall is being rennovated.
2) Offices are supposedly going in at the old Crazy Horse Saloon Building.
3) U Shao Korean BBQ opened in the old KFC/Liason College location and is doing well.

So yes, I think that John Street has benefitted from the two-way conversion as much as it can, given the circumstances.

It would be nice if John also had a street wall of underused retail space which could have been put to use as quickly as James.

But I think we can all agree that the existing building stock was one of the big reasons why James turned around, whereas if James were primarily parking lots - as the stretch of John from King William to Cannon is - I don't think we'd see much happen on James Street either.

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