Shas the Don Mills dream died? Well, not exactly, it is being reborn with a new vision where the community’s architec-tural style may not be as “uniform,” as it once was, but the lifestyle vision for a 21st century Don Mills is as vibrant and cutting-edge as ever. And the city builders in this new incarnation of Don Mills are two remarkable Canadian companies, Cadillac Fairview and Lanterra Developments. A little over a decade ago Cadillac Fairview made a visionary “bet” on Canada’s model town. Let’s do something akin to a West Coast “makeover” on the old Don Mills Shopping Centre and give it a Southern California vibe. Let’s give T.O. an LA nip and tuck. Down came the old cavernous indoor Don Mills Shopping Centre, and in its place, CF Shops at Don Mills, Ontario’s first en-plein-air alfresco retailing and lifestyle urban village, arose. Along its cobble-stoned streets, and around its verdant village common, is a dazzling and diverse assortment of shops and stores, bars and restaurants, even a movie multiplex. Many wondered whether a California-style outdoor mall would work in a country pretty chilly for a few months each year. But it worked so well that Cadillac Fairview is presently putting a $21-million upgrade to the shopping precinct, which will add cobblestone-effect avenues, new street furniture, atmospheric lighting and a new entertainment event space. And together with Lanterra Developments, it is now developing Rodeo Drive, the first of a new multiphase residential and commercial development within the village precinct to make the CF Shops at Don Mills the complete lifestyle package: a place to shop, dine, catch a flick, tipple a char—and LIVE LARGE. So why has Don Mills embraced the LA Lifestyle so avidly—unreservedly? It is per-haps slightly counter-intuitive but we’d argue that Toronto and Los Angeles are very similar. Read further and we’ll explain why.