Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Whose Market?

Casa Acoreana, at the corner of Augusta Avenue and Baldwin Street  Photo by Uncle Lynx, from the Torontoist Flickr Pool

Over at the Torontoist Jess Davidson looks at changes happening in Kensington Market. In the past while there has been discussion of a Loblaw's being built on the ground floor of a new condo going up on College Street just north of the market, which has garnished lots of opposition in the neighbourhood. But this particular piece looks at the fate of property at the corner of Augusta and Baldwin Streets. The corner is currently occupied by Casa Acoreana, our favourite dry goods store that is run by a family that has been there for as long as I can remember. I have been shopping there for years, not only because they have a great selection of dry goods, but also because the guys who run it are always friendly and helpful. 

Because of its location the place is threatened with increased rents. The market is sadly, a victim of its own success. This is not surprising given the vitality of the market. But this means that the current tenants may have to move and "according to Vaughan, Pick (the realtor listing the property) wants to turn the intersection into a high-end retail destination." What is at stake are competing visions of the market as a place for shopping. Over the years the market has seen lots of different businesses and incarnations and has always managed to remain a place for those who live in the area. 

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