An already ritzy area of the city is about to get a $20 million dose of glamour.
Bloor Street’s dream of becoming the Rodeo Drive of the Great White North is about to come true.
The city has invested in a multi-million dollar renovation project to spruce up sidewalks, plant more trees and flowers, commission public art and install better lighting along the chi-chi retail strip.
The transformation of the so-called “fashion mile” –- between Church Street and Avenue Road -- is set to begin next spring and will take two years to complete.
According to the Bloor-Yorkville Business Improvement Association, the end result will be a pedestrian-friendly urban oasis and vibrant commercial street.
The group says the upscale area contributes about $1 billion in retail sales to the city and has the potential to become the economic engine of Toronto.
While business owners in the neighbourhood are applauding the project, some Torontonians believe the cash-strapped city should’ve allocated those funds to other areas.
“I think it's unnecessary and the money could be put somewhere else,” Marianne Schelew said. “This place is already pretty nice, like all the nice stores are already here. It doesn't need to be vamped up anymore.”
Roger Chong agreed and said he thought a $20 million investment into an area that’s not hurting economically was excessive.
“That's pretty extravagant,” he said. “I thought it was pretty good the way it is.”
any thoughts on this?
I guess I'm just have trouble understanding why the city can put a cool $20 mill into 'fixing up' an already gorgeous part of Toronto when (the city) won't even pay for the protective shields in the cabs that are so desperatly needed.