City holds sessions about vacant storefronts

Vacant storefronts are a chronic blight on our commercial streets, with vacancies rising as high as 26% on St-Denis. The city is holding some public consultations about it. One unnamed official cites “rising rent, real estate speculation and a general preference to shop online”; it’s obvious that having one real estate company own and control all the commercial frontage on some streets is bad for the city, but how do you counter that?