Le Devoir: whither Mile End?

Le Devoir’s Zacharie Goudreault talks to various observers of the ​situation in the Mile End, with empty storefronts multiplying on its commercial streets. Among other threads, he touches on the Arts Café situation, saying that the owners told the newspaper this weekend that the café operator had not been able to pay rent for some time and so was told to clear out.

Goudreault also speaks to Danny Lavy, who pleads increased taxes as his reason for the brutal rent hikes that have emptied so many locations. But he also talks to Richard Ryan, who reminds him that city hall froze commercial taxes in the last budget. Lavy’s argument doesn’t hold.