It looks like there is a reprieve for the Matador!
You may recall that this popular Toronto nightspot was due to be demolished to make way for a parking lot. The Toronto Star report that plans for the building's demolition have been scrapped, at least for now:
The reversal came (at a Toronto Parking Authority meeting) without debate after 40 supporters of the Matador - including literary titan Michael Ondaatje - crowded into a City Hall committee room.
Not everyone was happy however:
Outside the meeting, [George] Ruivo [the owner of a stereo shop next door to the Matador] argued long and loud with the Matador supporters, calling the club "a menace to society.
"It's a bad place. I've been there for 20 years. ... Do you know how many needles we've found? Vandalism to my car? It's a booze can, see it for what it is."
I'm sure there's more to this story than we are being told. However, this reprieve is at least a little reminder that with a bit of pressure and a lot of debate, common sense can sometimes prevail.
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