this Sat: books, bikes and food along the Green Line (ie our neighbourhood!)

Remember last summer’s amazing Green Line competition that put forward a vision for the hydro corridor and rail lands spanning the DNA neighbourhood and beyond?

 This Sat, the Green Line becomes ‘the Reading Line’ with books, bikes and food! Join a bike tour along the route to hear amazing authors and a great picnic.  It all starts at 9:30am  at BookCity Bloor West Village :

9:30am  |  BookCity Bloor West Village  |  Catherine Bush
11:00  |  Geary/Dovercourt West Side Meadow  |  Shawn Micallef
11:20  |  Geary/Ossington Geary Ave Parkette  |  Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer
11:40  |  Geary/Shaw Garrison Park east end  |  Amy Lavender Harris
12:00  |  Frankel Lambert Community Garden/Christie north of Dupont  |  Christina Palassio
12:20  |  Picnic at Frankel Lambert Community Garden/Christie north of Dupont  |  Tanya Neumeyer

Read more at Quill & Quire and then sign up on Eventbrite!

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Debates in our ward: candidates for mayor (Oct 2) and councillor (Oct 9)

Join us on Thurs Oct 2 and Thurs Oct 9 to get to know the people who want to run our city!

The Northcliffe Village Residents’ Association, the Davenport Neighbourhood Association, the Regal Heights Residents’ Association and the Regal Heights Village BIA present:

The Ward 17 Candidates Debates:
1)  Mayoral Debate:
   Thursday, October 2, 7 p.m.
   Oakwood Collegiate Institute (Oakwood and St. Clair)
   Moderator: John Sewell, former Mayor of Toronto
 2) Council Candidates’ Debate
   Thursday, October 9, 7 p.m.
    Oakwood Collegiate Institute (Oakwood and St. Clair)
Hope to see you there!
Email us your questions for either the Mayoral or Council candidates!
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Homegrown Design Challenge – entries due on Monday, May 26

Davenport local architecture firm Workshop Architects has teamed up with David Suzuki to launch the Homegrown Design Challenge.

Check it out, — entries are due Monday, May 26!

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Feb 10 meeting: Development on Dupont

(Cross-posted from The Other Side of Christie blog — visit the site for more details)

For anyone at all interested in the future of Dupont St., you should attend a public meeting on Feb. 10 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Sacre Coeur School Gym.

The meeting involves a study that City Planning is doing on the properties on the north side of Dupont St. from Kendal to Ossington Ave. Its focus will be the “appropriate uses, potential streetscape improvements, urban design and built form guidelines, and transportation options”.

In simple terms, the city wants to look at what kind of development will be allowed on the north side of Dupont. The issue was thrust into the spotlight last year when Sobey’s announced plans for two 11-story condos at the corner of Shaw and Dupont, which includes 743 parking spots. … the whole post here.

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Toronto Star Reports on Nov. 26 Parks Meeting

We held a standing room only meeting at the Dufferin/Davenport Community Centre to discuss improvements to our local parks. More than 30 residents participated in a discussion on long and short term opportunities for improvement. Councillor Cesar Palacio discussed his long term strategy for leasing the hydro-owned lands to create a continuous park. Helena Grdadolnik, local architect, described the “Green Line” concept and ideas competition. Representatives from the City and Parks Department discussed how projects are prioritized and funded across the city. Several attendees discussed ways to access funding from organizations such as Parks and Trees Foundation, as well as private-sector funders. Several attendees emphasized that shorter term objectives should also be targeted, including improving the decades-old playground equipment at several of our local parks. Councillor Doug Ford joined the meeting, and offered a $5,000 “seed donation” to kick-start a fundraising effort with private sector businesses. We agreed to form a sub-committee to focus on playground improvements to discuss the various options open. Read more in the Toronto Star. 

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More details about Tuesday’s Parks Meeting

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Tues Nov 26: share your ideas for our parks with city staff!

Many of us have grumbled about the sad state of the parks in the DNA area — come out next Tues and share your ideas on improvements with Councillor Palacio and staff from Parks department!

Councillor Palacio suggested this date to discuss possible improvements to Bristol Parkette (in particular, to gauge interest in removing the baseball diamond and making it a soccer field).  Instead of taking a piecemeal approach, we asked if the discussion could be broadened to consider the overall condition of the DNA parks (between Dufferin and Ossington, and Davenport and Geary) to make sure we’re addressing the biggest concerns and looking at the area as a whole, and he agreed.

This is a rare chance to meet our Councillor and senior park staff in a small meeting focused solely on our needs for better park space in
the DNA — we hope you’ll join us.

It builds on the large turnout and great ideas that came out of this summer’s Green Line ideas competition ( run by architect and DNA resident Helena Grdadolnik. There was also a very well-attended Jane’s Walk of the hydro corridor in the spring, which Councillor Palacio and other local politicians attended. ( A lot of people were excited about the opportunities to improve our neighbourhood amenities discussed at those events, and we are hoping to capture that momentum.

Please join us and make your voice heard!  Do spread the word to your neighbours and friends in our area — as a group we can really make a big impact on our community.

There will be snacks!


When: Tuesday, November 26th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Dufferin/Davenport Community Centre, 1347 Davenport Rd (1/2 blk
east of Dufferin)
-Cesar Palacio, Ward 17 City Councillor
-Ms. Donna Kovachis, Manager of Parks
-Ms. Helen Sousa, General Supervisor of Parks Operations and Technical Services

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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