Comment 81483

By jason (registered) | Posted October 09, 2012 at 08:55:41 in reply to Comment 81477

haha..well said. There will be a lot of things that will be needed to help bring back that hood, and streets like Parkdale and Kenilworth, but I guess I'm bothered by the lack of effort at city hall. Just because an area doesn't have a BIA shouldn't mean the city ignores it. City hall's job (in my mind) is to lay the framework for success. Portland did this in 'rich' hoods and 'poor' hoods - trees, bike lanes, new sidewalk planters/bioswales, safe sidewalks, complete streets etc... and slowly but surely, even the saddest of hoods has started to come back.

Kenilworth and Parkdale have all the potential to be like Leslieville in TO. Young families are moving back into surrounding neighbourhoods. Yet we are training them to drive outside of the neighbourhood for their staples by investing nothing on the commercial streets to make them attractive. I know it's a long process, but let's at least give it 100%.

Once development does return, the city stands to gain a lot of new tax revenue and the building at Main/Kenilworth. We focus on all the wrong things here - denying patios and sit-down restaurants while allowing horrible architecture and lousy street presence.

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