Another quick update, as council lends some attention to something that actually needs attention: Barrington Street—or, as we call it around the office, Urine Alley. With all those empty storefronts, there's been so much public peeing! It's the secret shameful symptom of abandoned buildings. Put that in your urban planning forums and address it.
In a staff report to council this week, it was recommended that the city set aside money for Barrington to kick-start a heritage district project started almost two years ago. The city is looking for money so it can offer business owners incentives to spruce up their buildings. They should probably get on that while there are still businesses on Barrington left to spruce up.
The work could begin as early as 2008, or as late as 2010. You go, Barrington. And hopefully, soon.