I think we will see things happen along Don Mills eventually, in fact I am certain we will. It does make more sense to develop the west side first, and I believe that the west side development will eventually act as a transition from the low-rise residential further to the west to what will most certainly be high rise along Don Mills itself. This is a case of learning to walk first before you can run, which makes as much sense for neighbourhoods as it does for people.
In regards to retail at the base of Flaire, I'm not yet convinced it's required. Until I see the site plan and how the buildings will relate to the shopping centre to the east and the residential area to the west, I won't declare one way or the other. There's lots of retail immediately east, and therefore it's not obvious to me that more of it will be necessary here.
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