Retail in our neighbourhoods
Why do we have such an aversion to the development of retail space in the city of Toronto?
We all use retail spaces on a daily basis, and if we had easier access to retail spaces we would not need to use our cars as much to drive outside of the city or far away from our homes to get to the stores that we need. If we made it easier to develop retail spaces in closer proximity to residential spaces we could walk to stores.
I just spent a weekend visiting a friend living in an area of Chicago call Lakeview and had the opportunity to see how great it can be to live in close proximity to retail. I didn’t get in my car once over the weekend and when we wanted to go out shopping, all we did was walk down the street (no more than one minute) to the grocery store (2), pharmacy and many other retail shops, cafes and restaurants. When we ran out of milk it was a quick walk to get some more – not a drive!
What if we all lived like in areas like this? We would not need to get in our cars for simple little tasks like getting a litre of milk or a head of lettuce. We could walk down the street, see our neighbors and get what we need.
I don’t think that we can develop retail spaces like this overnight. However, if we thought outside of the box and allowed for these types of developments in close proximity to residential areas, I think we could create a more livable and more enjoyable city!