Last Saturday night, the sixth day of the 2009 Toronto Garbage Strike, I was with friends on the Danforth for dinner (Mezes at 456 Danforth Avenue: the BEST!). The street was packed with people enjoying the weather, eating outside, promenading, window shopping and the streets were cleaner than ever. There was no sign of a Garbage Strike anywhere.
I don’t know whether it is the local Business Improvement Area but it looks as if the Stores and Restaurants were trying very hard to make sure that they streets were spotless.
The other main street that I frequent is Parliament Street in Cabbagetown. There is one regular worker who goes up and down the street and picks up what people drop. He is a great guy but…I guess he is now on strike. Personally, I don’t understand why the need is there in the first place but educated people seem not be able to get garbage in the containers that are on every block on Parliament Street.
In the residential area, residents seem to be able to keep the litter to a minimum but on the business section there is a lot of mess. The business owners do not get it? The better that the street looks, the more people will want to shop there. It is not Rocket Science. I don’t know what the answer is, but if every store owner came out front and cleaned their sidewalks and their gutters, we would be well on the way to making a difference. Maybe we can enlist Mayor David Miller and his famous broom! He brandished it when came to power saying he would clean up Toronto!
Take a drive over to the Danforth and you’ll be impressed. Let’s see if we can spread the movement as this may be a long strike. In the meantime…The Danforth Rocks!