Comment 63242

By adrian (registered) | Posted May 09, 2011 at 10:25:22 in reply to Comment 63232

It's worth noting that the area mentioned here is very poor.

It's not that poor - certainly not as poor as Barton, as I explicitly mentioned in my article. Did you see the photos I posted of Proctor and Emerald? Those are not the only nice streets off this section of King, either. There are plenty of neighbourhoods adjacent to this part of King that are doing just fine, but as soon as you step off their streets and onto King, it's a totally different situation.

Granted, these neighbourhoods are not generally as affluent as the ones off of Main Street West. However, Main Street West reminds me a lot of King Street East. I lived off King Street East, and I currently live off Main Street West, and there are major similarities. If it wasn't for the fact that the west end of the city is richer than the east, I think Main Street West would be in much the same situation as King Street East.

First though, we have to ask ourselves - what constitutes an actual sign of "neglect", and what's simply a common aesthetic of working-class areas?

I don't buy this line of thinking, again because the homes and lawns off King are much better maintained than the businesses (and abandoned businesses) on King.

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