20 Apr '17, 4pm

Big chains are sucking the life and the variety out of our cities

People in Toronto are complaining that many music venues are closing, their sites gone to condos; I have been meaning to write about how important bars and restaurants are being lost, gone to drugstores, and took these photos for the story. But Colin Horgan of the Guardian beat me to it. It is not just Toronto, but a problem in a lot of successful cities. On Yonge Street in Toronto, the once seedy strip everyone came down the road from all over Canada for music, sex and drugs, the Friars Tavern where The Band played, became a Hard Rock Cafe and now is becoming a boring red store selling a different kind of drugs, across the street from our new Nordstroms. Horgan writes: Normally, a Hard Rock Cafe – itself a chain – giving way to a pharmacy might not prompt dismay. But the move has sparked a debate in Toronto about what exactly its streets are for. “If this particular drug ...

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