Instead of Walmart, how bout a market garden?

The news just came in that the Ontario Municipal Board turned down SmartCentres’ application for a 700,000 square food complex in the industrial lands between Eastern and Lakeshore Blvd.

This is fantastic news.

Instead of acres of retail (it was likely to be Walmart) and a desert of parking, why not clean up the soil and start an urban farm? Message to SmartCentres: how about doing something magnificent and donating the land to the city in the name of community sustainability? Protect it with anti-development covenants and get a nice big tax receipt. Then feel good about helping to change the city into a place where food is grown.

It might sound crazy but we need bold action–like now.