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Central Summer 2018 Theme: City Building Now

Central is about the need to embrace change, planning for the challenges of the future, and how citizens can start today.
April 14, 2018

Change can be difficult. Especially for people who are quite satisfied with their current position.

A current example of this principle might be difficulty of installing a new daycare in Toronto’s Cabbagetown neighbourhood. I suspect there are young families that would love a new daycare, and as for the rest of the residents, a daycare hardly comes with the same community concerns as a nightclub.

Still, there are some who are suspicious of an unknown future; better to stay safely in the past.

It’s hard to create a better juxtaposition for the values of Central. We embrace the changing nature of neighborhoods and creating room for new faces and spaces among the existing infrastructure.

That’s why the theme for Central this summer is City Building Now.

Toronto city council has stagnated; street-level decisions like Transform Yonge are purposely delayed and long-term financial prospects are hidden from public view.

As the city’s streetcars and subways grow more crowded during rush-hour and ridership in general stagnates, we wonder what might be if proper investments had been made decades earlier.

Will Torontonians find themselves in the same place in 2040? Waiting for a streetcar that should be a subway, traveling home to a neighbourhood that lacks park space, recreation, cycling and pedestrian infrastructure?

A greater city is possible, but only if we embrace the change and the challenge ahead of us. Central is about the need to embrace change, planning for the challenges of the future, and how citizens can start today.

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