Why We Need A Residents' Association

February 18, 2022

I have lived in this neighbourhood my whole life. I attended West Prep, Forest Hill Junior and Collegiate, shopped at The Wiz and P.S. I Love You, and rode the subway to Yorkdale with friends.

Now, I am raising my own family here. My kids walk to school, grab treats at local stores on Eglinton and enjoy bike rides on the beltline.

However, over the years this area has endured higher traffic volume, subway construction, store closures, and has perhaps also lost some of its "village feel".

The new Crosstown will be great. The effects of COVID will fade. And we will soon enjoy better access to public transit, improved streetscapes and the benefits of (dare I say) new development.

However, as developers apply to construct new buildings, as the City designs our new streets, as the population intensifies and schools and parks become more crowded, we need to make sure that the residents of this community are properly informed and represented.

I believe it is time to form a Residents' Association to help build a better community and to ensure we have one, strong voice to communicate and defend our concerns and interests. We all want our neighbourhood to be safe, vibrant and beautiful.

I have been communicating with our local BIA, who has encouraged me to solicit resident participation. We are the ones that actually vote and can really make a difference if we work together.

So this is a formal CALL OUT to anyone interested in forming a Residents' Association for our area. See the proposed boundary map on page 6 and a list of roles that would be required to get this off the ground.

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