from Inside Toronto
by Erin Hatfield
BIA-led tour checks out issues of concern
It was hard to miss Mayor Rob Ford, wearing his distinctive green and gold Don Bosco team football jacket, as he strolled down Roncesvalles Avenue Thursday, Jan. 6, there to take a look at the construction and hear concerns from local businesses.
Hardly a block would pass without a storeowner stepping out or a resident stopping to express concern over the location of a transit shelter, or the unleveled brick work on the sidewalk, tree trenches - and most of all delays in finishing construction in the area.
Ford acknowledged, following his tour, timing has been an issue with this construction project and he is not pleased with the look of traffic pylons and the amount of litter and the absence of garbage cans.
“But, generally speaking, you look at these new sidewalks, I like it, it looks good,” Ford said. “It needs some work, it needs some attention and I am willing to do that, I am willing to listen to the people and get Roncesvalles cleaned up.”
The walk, which included members of the Roncesvales BIA, city staff, the area councillor Gord Perks and a few residents, began at the corner of Howard Park and Roncesvalles avenues.