I think having cops at night there would make a world of difference.
One thing I like about NYC is they have police presence in such areas.
Dundas Square is way too filthy these days that it's dampening its potential as a tourist attraction. They need to lobby with the city to clean it up (which the city should anyway)
Perhaps people who don't think it's not gotten worse have let their standards slip over the years.
He once surprised me so badly, I nearly belted him in the face because I thought I was being attacked! I was wearing headphones so I suppose I should have been more aware of my surroundings, it's not as if he hasn't been a staple of that corner for as long as I can remember.Me too. I nearly s**t my pants the first time.
Toronto paramedics said they were called to Yonge and Gerrard streets at about 3 a.m. for a report of a male suffering from a stab wound. He was taken to hospital in serious but non-life-threatening condition. Police investigators said the stabbing may have occurred south of where the victim was found, near Yonge and Dundas streets. Officers say the victim is not cooperating with their investigation.
I can walk around the desolate parts of the downtown fringe on the east side and never feel the sort of claustrophobic creepy vibe I get at Yonge and Dundas at 1:00 a.m. Hell, even in the early evening it feels the same; like this is a place you need to be on your guard. The only other place I feel that at night is around Cityplace where there's so many sketchy people standing in the shadows, or idling in an SUV for 30 minutes, just staring at shit, probably waiting for their coke dealer to come down from one of the towers.
Yonge/Dundas definitely feels less safe in those wee hours of the morning than other parts of downtown. The club district may be notably prone to gun violence, but it still doesn't have that vibe of sketchiness when you walk through it at all. Queen Street East has the homeless shelters and drug users, but in the middle of the night they are pretty much high as fuck and keeping to themselves.
Yonge and Dundas has a feeling that's very difficult to describe. It's like everyone is watching you but absolutely no one cares what happens to you. The trashy disposable capitalism of the surroundings amplifies the effect. Will you be stabbed outside H&M and be something for the tourists to gawk at under a tarp and behind yellow tape in the morning? It's a space manufactured for people not from Toronto to pretend they are experiencing Toronto--but now they've all gone home or to their hotels. It's totally empty except only those still stuck waiting to get out of there, or those with nowhere better to go. It feels almost as though something terrible is destined to happen to you when you pass through. The unused pedestrian all-directions crossing beeping into the night is like a horror film trope; "walk sign is on for all crossings" endlessly repeating while you are stuck waiting for one of those last 505's which come every 10 minutes but only show up every 25 minutes, all the while you are watching out of the corner of your eye who is actually still wandering around the intersection.