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Building mid-rise? Retail at street level critical to success

The Canary District, downtown Toronto’s newest mid-rise condo neighbourhood, home to the 2015 Pan American Games athletes village, posed a familiar problem for developers. The vacant site lacked character.

The sprawling site, bounded by a floodplain of the Don River and three highways, lacked amenities aside from a dilapidated diner, The Canary. It was, however, the starting point for two of the city’s main waterfront walking and cycling trails, the Lower Don and the Martin Goodman.

Building mid-rise? Retail at street level critical to success – The Globe and Mail.

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