Comment 39788

By Tybalt (registered) | Posted April 14, 2010 at 10:41:07

I like the burritos at Jimmy Gringo's just fine (take it from me, have the fish) but as others here have pointed out, there couldn't be a less appropriate spot for a patio. The spot gets very little sun, it's extremely small and in an uncomfortable area (next to the alley, as highwater pointed out). It's just not a good spot for it. As for licensing the establishment, I wouldn't have a problem with it but it is too small, realistically.

I was moved to comment, though, by highwater's remarks, which paint a picture of Westdale that I as a homeowner on Haddon Avenue absolutely do not recognize. We have student houses directly across the street from us and on one side, and I almost never have issues. I remember being a student in a student house at Mac 15-16 years ago (almost directly behind where we live now in fact), and we were much worse (I wouldn't have wanted to live next to us). Mac, the MSU and the community have all worked to make the neighborhoods (Westdale and Ainslie Wood especially) more livable for everyone and it is definitely working.

I have NEVER seen behavior like what highwater is describing, much less every week (OK, we did once have someone throw up on our armor stone fence, last year I think, or the year before?) Maintaining good relationships with the students that live next to us is important to us.

The fact of the matter is, the university is the economic engine of this part of the city and we all reap the significant benefits of that student community.

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