Photo by Enzo Dimatteo
Smug T.O. fosters suburban alienation
Enzo DiMatteo ends his article with "Let's hope they [the police] aren't falling prey to that Etobicoke state of mind" (NOW, June 13-19).
It's articles like this that contribute greatly to Toronto's suburban-downtown divide.
I grew up in Etobicoke. I remember the initial discussions around amalgamation and Etobicoke wanting to join Mississauga due to those very perceptions that the old city of Toronto continues to foster about the burbs (amongst other issues).
It's that smug, condescending, flippant attitude that contributed greatly to the election of Rob Ford.
These divisive attitudes cut across the city, but it feels especially intense from old Toronto. And it is sad that as a 35-year-old man I can still feel as unwanted by the city as I did as a teen, before Etobicoke became Toronto.
Mississauga by way of Etobicoke
Cops protecting Ford Family Compact?
You can be sure that the police raid on the Dixon apartments (NOW, June 14) were conducted not to uncover evidence against Rob Ford but to make sure that, if there is any, it will be buried so deep it will take fucking Jesus to resurrect it.
You or I would be drawn and quartered on much less circumstantial evidence.
You can be sure the Fords will never be brought to account by their Family Compact friends in high places.
Mayor assaulting our senses
Splashing someone with juice now constitutes assault in this country?
It's ridiculous that Shannon Everett could get a criminal record over a minor act of civil disobedience (NOW, June 15) while Rob Ford, who actually admitted to physically threatening Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale on public land (the legal definition of assault), completely got away with it.
1 Spadina redo "misdirected anger"
"Transformation" is a fantastic word to describe the planned redevelopment of University of Toronto's St. George Campus (NOW, June 13-19).
There are many great euphemisms used in media today - "collateral damage" for murdered civilians, "service adjustments" for your mediocre suburban bus service.
But "transformation" has the potential for greatness.
Professor and architect Nader Tehrani's mutilating of a Toronto landmark seems to be merely a manifestation of misdirected anger.
Postmodernism has won. It triumphed 30 years ago, perhaps earlier. The struggle, if there was any, was brief. The disfigurement planned for 1 Spadina Crescent is rubbing it in.
If Toronto truly wants more Spartan, cold, bleak and sterile architecture, let it be through the renovation, if not outright demolition of the drab, hostile Stalinist wave of buildings erected in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, like the Robarts Library.
Stroumbo goes stateside
It will take a little time for people to stop on George Stroumboulopoulos's new show on CNN as they flip the channels (NOW, June 12).
I remember flipping past his show on CBC many times until one day, when nothing was on, I tuned in. I've been a fan ever since!
Living in Toronto, we are open to insightful, progressive and different things. We don't live in a box. I'm sure the CNN audience is just a few shows away from loving it. Give it time!
Barroom blitz bad for biz
The moratorium on bars and restaurants on Queen West (NOW, June 13-19) is a fine example of how politicians think they can just decide what business goes where.
Neighbourhoods evolve, and the businesses in them evolve also. Small bars are often where things start, and eventually fine restaurants and other establishments move in; that's the way things work.
This bylaw is an attempt to nip business growth in the bud, and to tell business owners they should start their businesses somewhere else and leave this fine bit of Parkdale the dilapidated shops and empty storefronts scene it currently is.
The mini-frenzy over plans to build a shopping complex next to Kensington Market is just silly (NOW, June 13-19). Everyone was worried about having a Loblaws just south of the St. Lawrence Market. As we all know, that market survived and is thriving today.
Frankly, Kensington is a bit of a dump. I certainly have no desire to shop there. A little competition in the area is probably a good thing.
A lot of these former ethnic Toronto neighbourhoods like Greektown and Little Italy have evolved into a mix of overpriced bars and elite restaurants.
Give me the sterility of the Eaton Centre any day. At least it's honest!
Andrew van Velzen
Tapped out on bottled water
Great article by Adria Vasil on bottled water (NOW, June 13-19).
Folks, if you are interested in the bottled water scam, please view the documentary Tapped. I got a copy at the local library.
If a tree falls on King West
It was the most beautiful tree on King West. In spring, people would stop to admire the bright pink flowers of the proud tree in the St. Andrew churchyard.
It disappeared recently overnight. A monumental three-sided board has been erected in its place.
Roots replaced by concrete foundation, branches by metal posts, pink flowers by white letters.
It was a beautiful tree.
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