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General Urban Cambridge Updates and Rumours
Rofl lmao. Good catch man.

I find myself spending more time in Galt kicking around on lazy weekends. There are a couple spots we like but to be completely honest, as it stands, outside of those it feels extremely boring. Very few pedestrians from my experience also, mind you it's getting cold.
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Has anyone else been downtown Galt lately? I was there earlier this evening and it was a ghost town. I know it wasn't exactly nice weather but we probably only saw 5 or 6 others out walking around 6-7PM. I also noticed what seems to be a significant increase in vacant space, especially on the Main St block between Ainslie and Water where it's at least 50% vacant. Overall the number of vacant units seems like it's at least 30% in the whole core right now. It seemed like Galt was on a good kick for the last year or so but it looked BLEEK today. The northwest corner building of Ainslie and Main is finally almost done and looks great but next to it is a new? sketchy looking liquidation store. Perhaps the development and influx of new residents across the river will help?
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(04-05-2019, 11:33 PM)Lens Wrote: Has anyone else been downtown Galt lately? I was there earlier this evening and it was a ghost town. I know it wasn't exactly nice weather but we probably only saw 5 or 6 others out walking around 6-7PM. I also noticed what seems to be a significant increase in vacant space, especially on the Main St block between Ainslie and Water where it's at least 50% vacant. Overall the number of vacant units seems like it's at least 30% in the whole core right now. It seemed like Galt was on a good kick for the last year or so but it looked BLEEK today. The northwest corner building of Ainslie and Main is finally almost done and looks great but next to it is a new? sketchy looking liquidation store. Perhaps the development and influx of new residents across the river will help?

The City of Cambridge has to deal with it's social issues of homeless and drug use in all three of it's 'downtown" districts: Galt, Preston and Hespeler. 

It will be a challenge to get the residents buy into the idea that it is 2019 and not 1999. The LRT issue is just a symptom related to allowing the city/districts to move ahead. 

Lastly, the terrible three kilometer long, world's longest and ugliest shopping mall called Hespeler Road/Region Road 24 needs ... something ... something that I am not sure that the Phase 2 LRT will resolve or re-envision.
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(04-07-2019, 03:41 PM)MacBerry Wrote: Lastly, the terrible three kilometer long, world's longest and ugliest shopping mall called Hespeler Road/Region Road 24 needs ... something ... something that I am not sure that the Phase 2 LRT will resolve or re-envision.

So true! Unsure how Cambridge should fix that hot mess. A car along that stretch is an absolute must.
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(04-26-2019, 03:46 PM)jeffster Wrote:
(04-07-2019, 03:41 PM)MacBerry Wrote: Lastly, the terrible three kilometer long, world's longest and ugliest shopping mall called Hespeler Road/Region Road 24 needs ... something ... something that I am not sure that the Phase 2 LRT will resolve or re-envision.

So true! Unsure how Cambridge should fix that hot mess. A car along that stretch is an absolute must.

Cambridge is developing a secondary plan for this area, but it is going to be up to developers to show any interest in building something.
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(04-28-2019, 03:12 PM)mgregorasz Wrote:
(04-26-2019, 03:46 PM)jeffster Wrote: So true! Unsure how Cambridge should fix that hot mess. A car along that stretch is an absolute must.

Cambridge is developing a secondary plan for this area, but it is going to be up to developers to show any interest in building something.

I wouldn't worry about developers, if the right environment is there, it'll get built, I'd worry about the right regulations, right built form...I.e., what we have now, is a result of regulations and planning.
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They're going to have to start with zoning the areas around transit stations for growth and hope it takes off the way dtk did
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(04-29-2019, 07:51 AM)Spokes Wrote: They're going to have to start with zoning the areas around transit stations for growth and hope it takes off the way dtk did

Yeah, that won't work...or at least not well.

It lacks the walkability.
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(04-29-2019, 09:15 AM)danbrotherston Wrote:
(04-29-2019, 07:51 AM)Spokes Wrote: They're going to have to start with zoning the areas around transit stations for growth and hope it takes off the way dtk did

Yeah, that won't work...or at least not well.

It lacks the walkability.

Unfortunately, it also lacks diversified employment or key node employment centres. It's user base is currently made up of drive in shoppers/diners who spend as little time as possible there and get out of dodge. 

The Hespeler Road employment user base, other than drive in visitors, is made up of strip mall employees and suburban industrial employment areas nearby.
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Agreed. No employment base. No resident base. Just dozens of strip malls with surface parking lots.

Urbanizing and intensifying this area will be a very long-term project, even with the LRT.
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There needs to be one major draw to start and hopefully the rest will follow.

Think pharmacy school and communitech
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(04-30-2019, 11:47 PM)Spokes Wrote: There needs to be one major draw to start and hopefully the rest will follow.

Think pharmacy school and communitech

I think the gap is bigger than it was for DTK. Kitchener still had employment downtown (city hall, Manulife, 55 King, old city hall, Galleria etc) and significant resident population nearby (some apartment buildings plus large urban residential areas). Hespeler Rd has neither. The advantage it will have (over DTK 20 years ago) will be the LRT, and that will help. But it will still be a hard slog.
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Ya that's a good point. There was at least a bit of a starting point. I don't even know where you'd start here
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