Comment 12307

By Rusty (registered) - website | Posted October 02, 2007 at 09:33:19

Great discussion. I hope some of this makes it's way onto the letters/OpEd pages of the Spec and into councilors inbox baskets... :)

It's great for the Mayor to be touting this but it remains to be seen how much public, council and city staff support he will get.

I have some sympathy for the homeless comments. There are indeed many 'less desirable' public spaces around the world which cater only to the folks who frequent the local area. Anyone been to the parks around Dundas and Sherbourne lately? This has nothing to do with having an attitude of understanding (or a lack of it) towards people who are struggling, it's about creating a vibrant atmosphere that is welcoming to everyone. We can be as politicaly correct as we want but sipping coffee across from the Right House and Money Mart is just not going to do it for many folks. I would never advocate for a New York type purging, but I do think there is a case for spreading some of these services around.

While we're on the subject of pedestrianization, there is an on-going discussion in The Star which RTH readers may find interesting (including a letter from me!):

Star Editorial: http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/2... Walk21 Conference: http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/2... Letters: http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/2...

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