Dec 3


It makes me feel all warm inside when I hear residents taking on a city as big and cumbersome, politically speaking, as Toronto. Having no luck phoning the mayor or the roads department, they tackled the problem themselves.

Those in this neighborhood were plagued, according to the Toronto Star, by a nearby angled three-way intersection where approaching drivers didn’t know where to stop. Adding to the confusion was one side lacked a sidewalk.

They took it upon themselves using ‘chalk and a mixture of cornstarch and water’ to draw lines on the road. They filled in the empty space with fallen leaves to make it a sort of fake island. According to Dave Meslin, a local civic advocate, it’s “the first time in years I actually saw people stopping at the intersection.”

To make it more realistic, they photoshopped a real sidewalk and changed the brown leafy island to greenspace. To get the full affect, check the web for the before and after photos shown in the Star this Friday past. It clears up what my description sadly lacks.

The question is, what will the powers that be do about it? I suppose it’s a fair-to-middling start when their local councillor Cesar Palacio says he’ll “put forward a notice of motion at community council asking staff to study the vision that’s been brought forward and to create a conceptual design or designs in terms of moving forward.” Huh?

If that isn’t a mouthful. You think he’d just say, “Sure I will,” instead of beating around the proverbial bush.

Author’s comment: I dig stories like this. Neighbors getting together to physically work on a problem and solve it by using their imagination.

For most of us, it’s easier to shake our heads, and let it go at that. Not this bunch. Imagine, they used chalk and a mixture of cornstarch and water to make a point.

Posted on December 3rd, 2017 by Clarke