Queen Street West with its quirky little shops, funky upstairs apartments, wide sidewalks, and electric streetcars has been around for well over a century and my impression is that it will endure for another hundred years in something like its present form. Mind you, the people living there will change over time. It was originally an English neighborhood, then Irish, then Jewish, then Chinese, then Polish and Ukrainian, then Portuguese… and now it seems to attract just about every kind of person so long as they have the cash on hand to afford it. Queen Street has gentrified over the last twenty years and with that gentrification comes a certain loss of texture. But rich or poor Queen Street will carry on. It has all the right qualities to serve the city and its people well into the future. Because the neighborhood is made up of many individual small structures with many owners it’s structurally and financially resilient. Some can fail while others thrive. The increment of development is such that city streets and other public infrastructure are modest and efficient. It can be paid for in whole by the diversified local tax base. The super-sized capital-intensive towers that press in on all sides seem less likely to last in their present form. The glass towers may enjoy an economy of scale and be efficient in a very limited sense, but they are also brittle and vulnerable to external shocks. My money is on Queen Street for the long haul.