Thanks for linking that article. I’m glad that Betty’s has found a new location but I don’t think this is a sustainable development model moving forward - like Matti Siemiatycki states in the article.The owner of Betty's is actually thankful that this development came around. It will allow them to re-open after the pandemic and remain open for another few years. If not for this development, the owner said they would've never re-opened after March.
After this is complete, Betty's will be moving locations just down the street to Leslieville.
Here is the source: https://torontosun.com/news/local-news/beloved-bettys-bar-could-make-way-for-40-storey-condo-tower
It seems like the city is losing many of its institutions to condos and there’s little effort from developers and the city to include these businesses in new developments. When they try, it’s often done poorly like Graywood’s proposed condo at 510 Church around Crews and Tangos or the Sneaky Dee’s proposal which was basically a slap in the face to its patrons.
I agree that “we can’t freeze cities in time” but I don’t think the solution is to say that businesses, like many residents, are to move further out of the downtown core if there isn’t a space for them. There should be better efforts to include existing businesses into new developments, especially when they’re neighbourhood establishments.