Not any more

Doug Ford’s Crazy Adventure into LaLa Land

In Design, Government, People that Matter, Politico, Toronto, Transportation on September 2, 2011 at 17:17

Just a tad…

He’s really not as dumb as he looks..he’s dumber.

This is what Doug is proposing

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Here is what Waterfront Toronto already has in place

You can read Paul Moloney’s full article in The Toronto Star here http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1048167–australian-firm-eyeing-waterfront-mall

An Australian company that’s one of the world’s largest shopping centre owners is a driving force behind Councillor Doug Ford’s mall-based dream for Toronto’s eastern waterfront, theStar has learned.

Ford confirmed Thursday he has spoken to representatives of the Westfield Group, which has interests in 124 malls in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the U.S. and Brazil.

“They’re more than interested,” Ford said in a brief interview. “They have a lot of money sitting there waiting to invest in Toronto.”

If a deal came together, it would mark Westfield’s first entry into Canada, confirmed company spokesperson Katy Dickey from Westfield’s Los Angeles office.

“Toronto’s a great city, Canada’s a great country and Westfield is always looking at opportunities,” Dickey said.

But she wouldn’t elaborate, saying company policy is not to comment on “rumour or speculation.”

Veteran development lawyer Bob Onyschuk, who has close ties to Australia, said studies are needed on whether a waterfront mall could be successful.

“It’s really a matter of market studies,” Onyschuk said. “I think it would be a good site for retail — not big box retail — but that’s really a question for market analysis.”

Ford said he expected Westfield would be just one of the bidders if the city formally requested development proposals for a site in the city’s Port Lands area.

“It’s going out for RFP (request for proposals),” he said. “They’re one of the international companies that have been contacting us. We’re going to have local companies (bidding) I hope, and we’re going to extend it to the world.

“It’s going to be fabulous.”

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CBC Metro Morning’s Matt Galloway interviews Toronto Councillor Doug Ford about proposed changes to Toronto’s waterfront.

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