I was born in a third world country and go there regularly and don’t need any lessons from anyone about first world problems. I still have right to complain about how ugly the majority of Toronto looks. I’ve been reading and posting in this forum since 2007 and have seen people complain about everything so I don’t see what is worse about what I wrote and don’t need any condescending remarks.
Sorry Adjei........but you're too over-the-top this time.
I've traveled much of the world and only a handful of the world's largest cities are as-clean as Toronto, never mind better. We're always at our worst right after the snow melts, yes, that's unattractive and certainly we can and should do better; but overall, as big cities go, Toronto is relatively free of litter, as I see remarked on by visitors from the U.S. and Europe alike quite regularly.
I happen to concur w/you that we'd be better off burying more of the hydro wires; I also agree we are too slow to remove old hydro/light poles when new ones are installed; that's a fair criticism; the cleanliness one is not.
In respect of streetscape, Toronto has lots to lament; though we really aren't demonstrably bad on balance in the North American context.
But general mediocrity ought not to be a defense of our own shortcomings.
Still, we're making enormous progress, from Bloor St in Yorkville, to Queen's Quay West, to Yorkville Avenue, to St. George Street, we have many beautiful streetscapes that will only look better as the trees along them mature.
John Street (much delayed), Wellington, Front, Queen's Quay East, Yonge Street downtown and in North York are all on the list for large-scale facelifts.
In the meantime, a quick pic to remind you of what Toronto looks like: Looking down King's College Road, my photo.
Now, perhaps we can get this thread back on track, to discuss 'The Well'