“Chains that have come (to the Commercial Drive neighbourhood) have not been successful. McDonald’s came on First and Commercial. It closed. Subway opened across from Grandview Park, and that didn’t do well,” said Carmen D’Onofrio, who is president of the Commercial Drive Business Society and whose family owns Kalena Shoes and Stile Wines on The Drive.

The most-effective strategy for saving and expanding local business along streets such as Commercial Drive is limiting the frontage and height of buildings, and insisting on a continuous commercial base with many doorways to many commercial enterprises..

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