Some of these are good ideas, but how about we stick to what's realistic?
Did I not start by using the word 'fantasy'? I could swear I used it right near the top of my post. It seems the post was popular, as if people wanted to give thought to the potential here.........
That fantasy is not totally unrealistic in that 10 Dundas East was the product of a previous City expropriation.
The value of the properties, due to the hospital helicopter path is far less than you might think (still a lot); and nothing lies outside the realm of being quite practical.
Do I think its likely to happen in the near term? No. Do I think it should? Probably not, in as much as the City has so many pressing needs right now, that would be hard to justify; though the City could lay the ground work for something in the future.
As to immediate, low-cost, actions, there really is very little to be done with YDS. The nature of its design and its surroundings pose a great number of technical challenges to improving the space. So you ask for realistic, and I show you a new few flower pots and some new furniture. Not terribly exciting, is it?