People have been talking about the eventual gentrification of Long Branch for ages. Sure, housing prices have been going up and there are some new condos appearing, but the long Lakeshore strip still has some rough spots.
I guess the deal is done now though. A Five-bucks has opened up on the ground floor of the new condo building across from the Beer Store. This is significant. I think back to the old Queen West and how fast that area changed once the Sanctuary, a Goth bar, became a Starbucks.
We’ve already been seeing developers buying up properties in South Long Branch, and dividing the lots up for the sake of a greasy buck. Neither the Committee of Adjustment nor the Ontario Municipal Board seem to care a lick about it. Our community fought in vain to stop a severance on our street, appealing the Committee of Adjustment Decision to the OMB. I sought help from our local Councillor but did not receive even an acknowledgement of my emails on this issue. I included the Mayor (yep, him) in one of my emails, and received an auto-reply, but nothing beyond that.
I’m not against development in Long Branch. I think more density along Lakeshore is good for the community and for local businesses, but I not so happy about the residential neighbourhoods south of Lakeshore being sliced and diced. In the end, I don’t see that our current system with the Committee of Adjustment at one level and the OMB at another is going to be very successful at managing growth in our area.
I do know that when the next municipal election comes along that I will be asking candidates about the kind of future South Long Branch they want to see and I want to hear their ideas about achieving it. I’ll be casting my vote accordingly.
We’ve added a new sign to the 27th Street book box….books rock!
There has been quite a bit of activity in the box in the past few days with several book out and new ones in. Let’s have a look what’s in there today…
I see that Ann-Marie MacDonald’s Fall on your Knees is in there….I might have to read that one soon. There’s a Barry Lopez book too – Mr. Lopez has been called America’s premier nature writer. I noticed a Margaret Atwood novel in there the other day, but that one is gone already. If you like court room drama, there’s a copy of Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Travers. This is one of my personal faves. Another of my faves is also in the box at this time – The Horse’s Mouth by Joyce Cary – his 1944 masterpiece about an artist named Gully Jimson. The book was adapted for film in 1958, with Alec Guinness. The book is brilliant and the film is most excellent as well.
Whenever we go for a long walk over in Sam Smith Park, one of us usually comments about how fortunate we are to live just a short walk away from such an amazing place.
Yesterday was a beautiful day for a walk and we took full advantage. I had the camera with me so I shot a short video. Nothing spectacular in it, just a glimpse of our beautiful park. By the way, you only see Ellie Mae and Tuffy P in the video. Memphis was walking beside me.