TOist went to Disneyworld as a kid. And we loved that downtown thoroughfare, Mainstreet USA, with its timelessly garish fake storefronts. Kind of a downer it was, though, when you went to open a door, and discovered you couldn’t – it was just a facade. Where are we headed with all this, you ask? Well,
behold the Disneyfied splendour of the newly-fronted St. Andrew’s Meat Market! They’ve taken advantage of the city’s new Commercial Industrial Facade Improvement Program, one designed to “improve the appearance of the front exterior facades of commercial buildings by redesign, renovation and restoration.” We kinda liked the shabby old frontage of the little poultry market that could, but this reno isn’t a tragedy of G-moon proportions. And the city’s proferring of much-needed small business monies is welcome, though buildings can only apply for funds if they are “in designated areas covered by approved community improvement plans.” The plan encourages better lighting, a dictate St. Andrew’s has embraced with verve! What lighting! What beauty! And to think it’s just a facade!