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Scene: Church Street’s New “Parklets”

Some of Church Street's parking spaces are becoming pedestrian oases.

WHERE: Along Church Street

WHEN: Thursday, August 1

WHAT: The Church-Wellesley Village business improvement area, the 519 Community Centre, and the City are all helping fund the conversion of some of Church Street’s parking spaces into small “parklets”—little areas where pedestrians can sit down and take breaks. The first batch of the structures is still under construction, but the plan, according to the Star, is to install eight of them by mid-August and then remove them all around the end of October.


  • HotDang

    This is a great idea. I think that they did something similar on Yonge st. at some point, but I can’t remember the details.

    • tyrannosaurus_rek

      They did a half-assed job of it last summer.

      • Cheezus

        It’s called a “pilot project.” You know how you test a product on one small spot to see how it does? This is preferable than doing a full roll out and then realizing that it’s a resounding failure.

        • vampchick21

          Kinda like the last mayoral election. *ba dum dum*

        • tyrannosaurus_rek

          A pilot project can still be done in a half-assed way. What they did last year was little more than patio chairs a foot or two from idling traffic with a thin and low metal fence between them. These parklets on Church are more like the kind you find in other cities: actually separated from traffic and the road surface, both visibly and physically. What we saw last year was either a lack of thought and research, or an unwillingness to fund what thought and research indicated would work.

      • Irsida Sheshi

        I was one of the volunteers for that job you’re calling half-assed and let me tell ya, people were glad to at least have some greenery to chill and rest at….even though the cars fk up everything.

  • andrew97

    Pusateri’s Fruit Market! God I loved shopping there when I lived in that hood. (not to be confused with “the” Pusateri’s, I think they’re distant cousins or something)

  • Grumpy Olman

    NIce comfy seating for the crack-heads and panhandlers!

  • Derek

    Day beds for the homeless.

    How quaint.

  • booboo

    Anything to improve the community. Encourages outside visitors as well. Hoping other communities adopt this idea. Its very welcoming

    • theking2727

      Please…Come to Vancouver if you want to see a tacky village! This is not that bad. Toronto has many vibrant neighbourhoods with great street life already.

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  • vampchick21

    Aren’t you just a brilliant ray of sunshine! WIll you come to my next dinner party to wittly insult all my other guests? Pretty please?

  • Gary

    As you can see from photo 2 there are tables all chained up. I assume they are there so Bars & Restaurants can use them for outdoor patios ( The wooden built in benches are only in a few sections.) The only business I have seen using these tables so far is Starbucks. I suspect there is some city by-law which restricts them from serving alcohol in these Parklets, thus making it unprofitable for the Restaurants to partake.

    • tomwest

      It’s a provincial law that says you can’t drink outdoors except on a bar’s designated patio area. (Because God help us all if someone enjoys a quiet drink in the open…)

    • tyrannosaurus_rek

      There’s a similar statute in San Francisco (which has parklets like this) that bans them from serving alcohol, but I recall a sign indicating there’s nothing to stop you from taking your drink from the existing patio space to the parklet.

  • tyrannosaurus_rek

    lol sitting is so 90s lol vegetables is what Kurt Cobain ate lol