A pet peeve of mine: why do we dislike windows in the downtown ?
In some cities I've been to, looking out onto the street is a good thing. Pubs, restaurants have windows that open onto the street. It makes the atmosphere nice inside, has a safety factor for people on the street and it lets people outside know that there's something going on inside.
For some reason in our downtown we seem to celebrate the fact that we can live without any relation to the street. You'll see lots of cars parked around the place but have no idea why.
I've been to places like Shannon's or the Windsor on a weeknight when the place is packed with people listening to live music. I have waited for a table at Paradise restaurant on Portage because it is full. From the outside, however, you would drive by and not know whether or not the place is even open, much less full of people.
Now, of course, some establishments have little choice but to be sealed off from the street. But I saw something annoying today....the Residences on York / Lobby on York restaurant (formerly The Sheraton / Window's Lounge) is concreting over their street level windows. Sighhh...
Other former windows:
This place might as well not have any:
Okay, my moan is done !