Wednesday, July 16th Commentary
Every Tuesday afternoon I get an email from the city of Toronto about weekend events with road closures.
This weekend is going to be hell on wheels, literally.
Along with all the road work going on...the Gardiner, Eglinton, Dundas etc. In fact I just looked at the city map of construction sites. It's filled with a sea of blue cones to mark where there is work underway...too many cones to bother counting.
Now add in for this weekend the fact that the Honda Indy is on and Lakeshore by the EX will be closed starting this evening until Monday morning.
There is the Live Green Festival closing Yonge between Dundas and Queen all day Saturday.
Youth Day event will close that same stretch all day Sunday.
Bloor west from Dufferin to Landsdowne, closed all weekend for Big on Bloor.
Dundas west from Spadina to Beverly closed all weekend for Chinatown Festival.
St. Clair west from Christie to Winona Drive closed all weekend for Salsa on St. Clair.
The Caribbean Carnival Junior parade and festival will close roads in the Neilson Road-Sewells area in the east end...Saturday afternoon.
I realize these events are very lucrative but why can they not stage many of them off the main streets. Keep them in the community on residential side-streets or in parks.
I shudder to think what is going to happen next year when the Pan Am Games are on. Will the city still allow all of these festivals and a-thon's to go on while 10-thousand athletes and who knows how many fans will be in town. If they are, I'm serving notice to my employer right now. I'm off next summer and getting as far away from Toronto as possible.