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Enroute on the 'burg

Tue Apr 17, 2007 Miss Vicky 

A reader writes:

I've been reading your site for a couple of weeks now, just found it and am really enjoying it!

I noticed that EnRoute Magazine has named Hintonburg as one of it's 10 hottest neighbourhoods in Canada in the April issue. You may have already covered this awhile ago, but if not it's a pretty flattering article.

We actually live in the Civic Hospital area but just bought a house on Melrose b/c we like Hintonburg so much. So we were of course happy to see EnRoute agree with our opinion!

I had heard rumblings of the article, but had yet to check it out. Local writer and culture maven Fateema Sayani gives a great snapshot of a day in the 'hood, hitting many of Miss Vicky's favourite spots - the Melrose Grocery, Hino's, the Cube Gallery, Dogz, the Urban Element, Pukka Gallery and the Engine Room, Ravensara, a Fine thing and more. It's a nice plug for a place that Miss Vicky thinks is pretty darned special.

Some of Miss Vicky's other favourite neighbourhoods are featured as well: Roncesvalles Village (where she lived during a short stint in Toronto) Lilac Street in Winnipeg (a short hop from Miss Vicky's High School and the home of several friend during her angst-ridden, black-wearing teenage years), and Agricola Street in Halifax.

There are a few things these neighbourhoods have in common - diversity, eclecticism, a sense of a neighbourhood in transition, necessities within walking distance mixed with unique small business shopping destinations. Kids and families. Dogs. And arts - galleries, studio spaces, artists living and working in the area.

Unfortunately, here in Hintonburg, some of what we value most is at risk. I have been hearing a lot from business owners that retail space rental on Wellington West has gone through the roof. This was confirmed last week by an article in the Kitchissippi Times... apparenty Westboro property is substantially cheaper than space here in Hintonburg. This makes absolutely no sense to me - so many storefronts are vacant here and so much of the space is run down and would cost megabucks to get ready to open anything. Yet it seems that some landlords prefer to have their space vacant in the hopes that some high-rent tenant (starbucks, perhaps?) will come along than lower their inflated prices to ensure viable businesses on the strip. It's appalling.

OK, slipping into vitriol here. More on this in another post, perhaps. In the meantime, thanks to the reader for the tip and weclome to the 'hood!

Some people were moved to reply

liss76 Apr 17, 2007 05:54 PM said:

Yes, I noticed we are losing Artistic Cake Design. I couldn't help think it unfortunate--if they needed more space, the Bingo Hall would have been perfect! ;)

Miss Vicky Apr 17, 2007 08:14 PM said:

when we start losing longtime businesses, you know we're in trouble.

JMG Apr 18, 2007 09:27 AM said:

To lease the former Artistic Cake Design location:

http://www.districtrealty.com/ cl.php?id=71

Flanders Apr 18, 2007 02:39 PM said:

Flanders also remembers Lilac Street in Winnipeg, though I spent more of my teen years drinking slurpees and playing video games at the 7-11 one block over...

Yes, sad about Artistic. Our business will follow them...nobody does kids birthday cakes like them!

Any worry about getting a recommendation from something so closely aligned with Air Canada? Wouldn't that be like getting an endorsement from Idi Amin?

amckay Apr 18, 2007 04:38 PM said:

Our business unfortunately will not follow them - too inconvenient in the new location. We'll probably switch to DIY because Loblaw's cakes are just nasty.

Miss Vicky Apr 18, 2007 05:14 PM said:

Good cakes at Three Bakers and a Bike!

Damn, Flanders. Now I want a slurpee.

liss76 Apr 18, 2007 06:12 PM said:

Actually, I was rather happy with the birthday cake I made this year. :) Messy, but fun.

Next year (or maybe later this one) I want to do a cupcake tree with a jungle animal theme. :D I've always wanted to own one of those nifty cupcake trees.. ;)

Richgold Apr 19, 2007 08:33 AM said:

Looks like we've lost the dance studio too, at least according to the repo letter on the door. No more Salsa Mamas?!

liss76 Apr 19, 2007 08:49 AM said:

Oh dear! :o

Miss Vicky Apr 19, 2007 08:56 AM said:

yep. get ready for some vitriol

liss76 Apr 19, 2007 10:53 AM said:

Uh oh.

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