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So after the grocery pricing incident, the traffic signs and bus stop facilities are also messed up in the North York neighborhood recently…
This is really starting to piss me off; I think I’ll have to convince my parents to move out of that area soon. What multi-million neighbourhood? Thanks to the City, it sucks now!!
Let us start with the bus stop facilities. Last weekend I went back Toronto and found that both the bus shelter and garbage bin have been removed at the bus stop in front of our house…so Grace spilled the beans: the city first came to remove the metal categorized (recycle, paper and litter) garbage bin and shelter; a few days later, the city tied a single cylindrical garbage bin to the bus stop pole; a few more days later, the city came back and patched out a grass area beside the side walk and put the garbage bin there instead; then a few days later, the city came back and removed the garbage bin…..Wow….Seriously, is this where my tax money is going to? A side story is that there has been some metal scraps that other people put beside the original garbage bin, and when the city came to remove the garbage bin, they didn’t remove the metal scraps with it, but leaving it on our property. Grace e-mailed the city about this, and guess what, THE METAL SCRAPS ARE STILL THERE TODAY!!
Now let us talk about the new traffic lights and signs that have been popping up everywhere lately. About couple months ago, the city was setting up a new street light on Cummer Ave at St. John’s hospital in between Willowdale and Maxome – Com’on, we now have 3 street lights which are about only 500m apart from each other on a single lane street? Is it really necessary? I never knew that street lights could easily be purchased at a dollar store? If that is not the case, then our city simply just had too much money to spend on unnecessary street lights and not to mention about the installation costs. After that, the city decided to put up a sign to restrict traffic directions, i.e. can’t go straight or left turn during 4pm-7pm at Maxome and Steels…So what is the point of having the street light there anyway then?! This is like the northern boarder of Toronto, it’s not Downtown Toronto, traffic on Maxome is really not that bad. Just over the Victoria weekend, I found out that the city was being creative and spending tax payers’ money putting a few more new signs at Maxome and Bishop…. There is like minimum traffic on Maxome, they just like to make things so complicated and now I can’t even take the shortest route to go HOME which is in the neighborhood?!!!!! WHAT THE?!! Not only they are wasting money on poor planning, they are also creating problems for me to find my way home!! There is more. The city decided to put up no parking signs in front of our house too… Now there is like no parking on the quiet residential street...Wow, REALLY?! Is the population in North York becoming Downtown Tokyo soon?
Don’t even get me started with the crazy traffic on Yonge from Sheppard to Steels...there is like traffic ALWAYS! I feel like I am in rush hour every time I am on Yonge in North York. It stresses me out when I want to drive home from anywhere… not only I have to deal with the frustrating traffic, now I have to remember all those nonsense traffic signs!!! And the city, please, I know you guys are trying to create job opportunities, but that does not mean wasting tax payers’ money on meaningless facilities or removing meaningful facilities and making your citizens’ lives so miserable. Lastly, please…..please spend some money to fix the goddamn potholes and remove the metal scrap from my lawn for god sake!
ALSO…Toronto is like the typical EASY city in SimCity with flat terrain and clearly divided residential, commercial and industrial areas… even the roads so straight that they only go N,W,E or S…and the city urban planning still manage to screw it up. That just tells us how incompetent the people are running the city….
Grace's letter to the elected rep HallFindlay.M@parl.gc.ca since the letter to the city obviously didn't do anything...
To whom it may concern,
As a resident in the willowdale neighbourhood, I am sadden by the recent development in the area.
Whether it is due to the great "action plan" or what not, I would need an explanation as to the following:
1) Why street signs were put in place which created great inconvenience for commuters trying to get to Finch station and vice versa to go home? Which made no sense to everyone to our neighbours and ourselves.
2) Why is it that the real estate agents in the area keeping on leaving their rubbish behind after the open house and and requested to have the city coming to pick them up over a month ago, NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE?
3) Why is that the "new" rubbish bin at the 42 bus stop on Cummer and Maxome moved from right to left within two weeks when it got set up, then taken away altogether after less than 2 month. Not to mention the bus shed were taken away and now there's RUBBISH EVERYWHERE.....which obviously the city has no plan to do anything about.
4) This might have been a TTC issue, but the city ultimately owns TTC and it appears that the buses are always late. I am sure traffic in the area is a cause (thanks to your great team of urban planning for the congestion...), but another main reason is that the busES would park in the station for at least 10mins and would not move while all the riders are waiting in the cold or heat. Although it has almost becoming a routine thing that we fellow riders are getting use to and accepting as a norm and laugh about it, it is quite unacceptable that we have a 3rd world-class transit system in this DEVELOPED country.
I would sincerely appreciate the above questions answered. Thank you for your assistance in advance.
She is obviously more civilized than me.