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Allan Gardens Revitalization Plan


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In other areas of the city they have indeed evicted / removed these encampments have they not ? But not here ?
Here's your answer: "As Moise noted in his post, without regular enforcement action “the City is actively sanctioning this park as an encampment site.”
 
On a more upbeat note, the city website has tons of photos on the ongoing revitalization of the Palm House:


AoD
 
On a more upbeat note, the city website has tons of photos on the ongoing revitalization of the Palm House:


AoD
It will be interesting to see how they present the grand opening with the shantytown nearby.
 
What a ridiculous situation ... no clue how this ends and how this is deemed acceptable by anyone.
 
The longer they wait (although it's probably too late now), the heavier-handed the enforcement will be. Which would just make the optics worse. There's a small (but growing?!) camp under the Gardiner east of Jarivs as well.
 
The longer they wait (although it's probably too late now), the heavier-handed the enforcement will be. Which would just make the optics worse. There's a small (but growing?!) camp under the Gardiner east of Jarivs as well.
Something tells me the city staff doesn't want make waves, so they will leave this on the back burner for a week, so that the new Mayor can address.
 
What a ridiculous situation ... no clue how this ends and how this is deemed acceptable by anyone.
It's a situation that befalls many liberally-minded cities in the US Pacific coast. Like these, Toronto has a four legged stool that encourages apathy, inaction and surrendering of public spaces to encampments and disorder.
  1. We demand low property taxes and thus have no funding to provide permanent affordable or supportive housing
  2. We espouse empathy for the homeless including the mentally ill and addicted and vote for left wing leaders accordingly, but otherwise do nothing.
  3. We have a homeless industrial complex of charities and churches that make the encampments more viable, for either financial or spiritual/moral justification.
  4. We say we want enforcement of laws against encampments, loitering and public nuisance, but we demand soft touch/hands off policing.
Knock out and reverse the position on any of these four legs above, and I would argue the stool collapses and the encampment at Allan Gardens would not have come to be.
 
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It's a situation that befalls many liberally-minded cities in the US Pacific coast. Like these, Toronto has a four legged stool that encourages apathy, inaction and surrendering of public spaces to encampments and disorder.
  1. We demand low property taxes and thus have no funding to provide permanent affordable or supportive housing
  2. We espouse empathy for the homeless including the mentally ill and addicted and vote for left wing leaders accordingly, but otherwise do nothing.
  3. We have a homeless industrial complex of charities and churches that make the encampments more viable, for either financial or spiritual/moral justification.
  4. We say we want enforcement of laws against encampments, loitering and public nuisance, but we demand soft touch/hands off policing.

This is extremally well put and summarizes the situation we are in quite concisely. To be clear this is far from a Toronto only issue, in fact many cities have it worse. With that said, many other cities take a different much more heavy handed approach, at least in certain areas e.g. "their downtowns".

I acknowledge the real longer term fixes here are difficult and multi-faceted, I would argue it goes beyond just providing housing but this is a critical part, but mental health and drug addition (and providing housing really doesn't address this necessarily).

So in the meantime, does the public effectively loose access to these parks, as that's the reality of the situation
 
Drove by yesterday again - the park is utterly unusable. Saw a trio of bike cops looking more interested in what cyclists and pedestrians were doing than enforcing any by laws in the park. Unacceptable.
 
Drove by yesterday again - the park is utterly unusable. Saw a trio of bike cops looking more interested in what cyclists and pedestrians were doing than enforcing any by laws in the park. Unacceptable.


What a mess! I was there about a week ago. I think the homeless population has grown since i was last there back in the early spring. The smell of human excrement as i walked through made me gag. 🤢
 
So, I walked past this park today, along the northern edge; things are as people have indicated within the park, and so I won't comment on that further.

But I did make note of something else.

Parks/The City actually spent money taking out the old entrance way planting beds at both the corner of Sherbourne/Carlton and the mid-block entrance along Carlton.

The replaced them with plain white sidewalk concrete.

Holy @#$#@. We can't have nice things because when we neglect them the answer is apparently to remove them rather than fix them, and we then do that on the the cheap.
 
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I feel this needs way more media attention - that's the only thing I think will cause action - I know there's been some media but it's been on and off.
 
I feel this needs way more media attention - that's the only thing I think will cause action - I know there's been some media but it's been on and off.

You can help that happen.

Send a note to some key media types who cover these issues.

Not excessive hyperbole, link to this thread, link to the note that was posted from the Councillor; highlighting all the help that was offered; and that the Councillor himself feels unsafe walking through the park.

Chances are if you send a note to even 3 reporters, at least one will cover the issue, and you might just get all three.

One in print and one in TV is a good starting spot.
 

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