It is with great sadness that I walk by my formerly lovely Kew Gardens Park and its beautiful flower beds. Replacing the flowers are cement blocks, extremely ugly, and serving no purpose whatsoever.
Perhaps people will stop and talk/text on their smartphones if there are benches provided. I see no other reason people would stop there.
If the objective of this folly was to bring more people to Queen Street to shop, this makes no sense whatsoever. If the objective was to provide a space for Remembrance Day ceremonies, destroying the entrance to the park for one day a year is equally ridiculous. Few events are permitted in the park now, so what use will this open space be for? Dundas Square East?
It is my understanding that Mary-Margaret McMahon, our city councillor, led the charge for this change. In the July 19 issue of Beach Metro News, she wrote an article on different ways to balance the budget through various tax increases. I don’t mind tax increases to pay for infrastructure, transit, or social housing. But not this!
As Joni Mitchell sang, “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.”