Here's the e-mail from Jimmy J:
I could not agree with you more. I moved here from suburbs of Montreal, and wished there were more places like Dix-30 in Ottawa. I find the big box centres, from Innes Rd to Kanata Centrum to Strandherd Place, have failed and lost out on a chance to set themselves as community environments within Ottawa.
Thought I would pass this along, though it is small scale, it looks like the Plateau Grives in Gatineau is starting to follow the same trend as Dix-30 and The Shops at Don Mills. Here is a premilimnary layout plan for the new centre:
Hope they go through with it!