Saturday, April 03, 2010

Marcus Gee: Idiot of the Day

Mr Gee, lover of surveillance cameras, billboards and condos has struck again.

Yonge-Eglinton Square redevelopment

Yonge-Eglinton Square is one of the ugliest public spaces in the city. A desolate, windswept expanse of pavement on the northwest corner of that North Toronto intersection, it sucks the life out of what could be a dynamic urban crossroads. Why anyone would want to save it is a mystery.

Yet that is the sworn aim of the YES (for Yonge-Eglinton Square) Coalition, a group of neighbourhood activists and hanger-on politicians who want to block a plan to redevelop the space. At a demonstration on Monday, one advocate described the square as a “jewel” of the neighbourhood. Another, local Councillor Michael Walker, called it “a congregation, a centre of activity for the citizens of Toronto.” The coalition even has a fancy website complete with YouTube video showing people coming and going on the square, played at hurried-up speed to make the underused space look like a busy gathering place. It is anything but. Apart from a few plastic chairs, it lacks even a place to sit.

The coalition is hoping to raise such a stink that city council will overrule the recommendation of the city’s own planning staff and vote down the redevelopment plan. Let’s hope wiser heads prevail.

The man seems delighted anytime some 2 bit developer wants to throw up yet another "three-storey glass-enclosed mall".

It's people like him that are making Toronto as cold and lifeless as it is increasingly becoming.

Read more here.

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