What a fabulous day to go walking! This was the first monthly walk of the year wearing shorts.
I did the walk at lunchtime and every single patio along the Drive was full of happy smiling society. Which made the walk fun, even though there are almost no changes on the Drive this month; perhaps the fewest monthly changes in the more than four and a half years I’ve been doing this.
The only real change is that People’s Co-op Bookstore at 1391 Commercial is open once again after their fire-damage hiatus. Great to see that.
Otherwise, we have the same list of vacancies as we have had for some time now: 2240 (vacant 8 months), 2245 (18 months), 1566 (2 months), 1340 (13 months), 1303 (1 month), 1268 (34 months), 1110 (24 months), 1035 (2 months), 902 Commercial (11 months), plus the three sites in Il Meracto — the old Strawberry Bakery (15 months), Jenny Kwan’s old office (3 months), and the former Lombardo’s2Go (2 months).
I have to ask once again whether anyone smarter than me can explain how it is good business to have these storefronts shuttered for so long (almost three full years in one case). It is quite bizarre to me.
Previous editions of Changes on the Drive.