What kind of Toronto do you want for Tomorrow?
a smoggy summer day’s view of our fair city.
This is the city where we live.
This is the city where we choose to grow our businesses and careers.
This is the city that will raise our children (if we’re not already planning our escape like many of us are..)
What change do we want to see?
A short-list of some sad realities: Toronto, July 2014
We can’t safely swim in our waterfront.
A layer of smog sits on top of the city through the summer. My neighbour wheezes from June to October.
Rush hour extends now from 3pm to 8pm.
We can’t rely on public transit to get us where we need to go.
Nepotism and corruption is alive and strong.
Our roads crumble under the weight of cars, the Gardiner is a time-bomb.
Cycling is taking your life in your hands with no vision for improving infrastructure.
Toronto’s youth graduate with disabling loans, affordable housing shortage and struggle to find meaningful work. Catch 22: you can’t find work without experience, can’t get experience without work.
Suburbia. Cars. Traffic. 24 cars in the Tim Hortons box store drive through…
No current leader, just controversy and scandal.
From my seat, I see a city that I am becoming more ashamed of. The well of optimism becomes shallow.
It’s now that I challenge us to find a way to make an impact, even small.
It’s time, we need some leadership and a strong footing for our future.
Talk politics, it’s not taboo, it’s democracy. Encourage the discussion.
Change is upon us. Are you going to do anything? What?
We took a hand at proposing an as-yet-to be imagined future for the City of Toronto. We engaged artists, architects, creators to provoke a conversation. We proposed visions as 8 art installations and added 29 new murals to our cityscape in an effort to bring focus to the 180 cranes in our midst and the fact that, really, it’s 2014, what city do we want to emerge from the construction dust. The world is taking notice and hip to Toronto’s vibe yet we’re still focused on looking out and aren’t looking in. Even in a large showcase, the effort barely blipped on the radar of this City. How can we think like a community and collectively step into a reality that serves us now and into the future?
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