It seems like comments like these stem from lack of awareness and exposure to what a main "boulevard" in a major world city really looks like: The Avenue des Champs-Ã‰lysÃ©es, North Michigan Avenue, Fifth Avenue, La Gran Via (Madrid), Avenida 9 de Julio (Buenos Aires), Avenida Paulista (Sao Paulo).I don't understand, does every street in Toronto have to have stores and cafes wrapped around it? Why do some of you guys have such an obsession with sticking a store in every nook and cranny of the city? Is it really that terrible of an idea to have a single long, quiet business oriented street?
I walked down University Ave many times, and it's a great street. Commercially filling it won't make it better in any way.
Let us know if Wong-Tam (whose Ward covers 90% of them) responds. I wrote to her in the spring about the terrible state of the area in front of Old City Hall and it has recently been smartened up, a little. The islands are, I think, not classified as 'parks' so are under the 'loving care' of Transportation - you could also copy Barbara Gray.The articles does not inquire with the city about the condition of the islands. It's unfortunate, I want some answers. Time to ask the councillor.
It's still jaywalking since you're not crossing the street in the designated pedestrian crossing areas on the east and west sides of University at intersections.Technically, I think you *can* (or at least should be able to) hop from island to island. (Which'd be useful if you're caught mid-median at a traffic light and already intend to cross over to the other side--sort of like a jerky zigzag scramble/Barnes Dance.)