Small Spaces

In follow up to the discussion for “Open City: Square Feet” I agree with the need for landlords to divide their cavernous spaces in order to attract retail clients. Small, well used spaces are perfect logistically for shopkeepers (in terms of theft control, customer service, clean up, etc.), practical and affordable for owners, and delightful for patrons. My favourite small space in the city is currently the Jazzy Espresso Café at Grand River and Broadway. It cannot be more than 600 square feet, but it has a private loft sitting area, the romance of a staircase, and a great view of street traffic. We need more spaces like this one. Tenants need to be fostered for long term success. Small spaces allow one to get a foothold in the city, with increased success, larger spaces will be in demand. Right now we need small to foster the need for large in the future.

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