Monday, July 13, 2009

Dear people who want to tear down all of those nice historical buildings across the street...

Notice of Intention to Designate 32 Davenport road, 12-22 McMurrich street Heritage Property Pursuant to Section 29 Ontario Heritage Act










Hello...
I live across the street from the property you just purchased undoubtably for millions of dollars...I live across from the magnolia trees that bloom only once a year, the spectacular fish pond set beautifully in stone, the climbing ivy that hugs the gnarly walls, the wild windowed Raymond Moriyama architectural studio that graces our street with intense respect towards his remarkable oeuvre...
I live across from the charming daycare, which stands alone & was it just yesterday, shiny greasy golden faced children in scraggly red knit sweaters with bohemian shoes would leap into cars, or grab hands firmly of their weary but in style parent...
Across from the two beautiful adjoining houses, which are shaded by a sad old big tree whose leaves arc across the street to say hello to the dogs limping near the Veterinary Emergency Clinic, out for a pee...
The cascading garden of the mysterious & beautiful lady named Dora, arises early in the season, with 18th Century antique roses delicately first, then streaming purple smelling lilacs which the ladies covet to snip, to a loud chorus of hot pink English roses chanting from the glorious back garden...
Dora herself, a gardener & free spirit, has 5 of the most incredible cats you will ever stroke, & they are loved & admired...Fat, clean, well-behaved & independent, in 30 years of living at the corner of this property, which starts at 18 McMurrich street & continues to 22 McMurrich, Dora has arranged the feng-shui or flow to enable er felines to enter & exit as they please- believing firmly in animal rights to free living too...
I wonder why Raymond Moriyama's architectural studio is not protected as a heritage building, so young Canadian architects could visit & marvel at this master architect's workplace, the one who gaves us our magnificent public atrium Metro library, among other masterworks...
I wonder why Dora the gardener is being thrown out? This earth child has blossomed flowering gardens throughout Rosedale & beyond with her sweat & labours, has stimulated real estate values with her aesthetics- does the city & the developers not owe her a decent ageing period, seeing as she has not family to pay her bills nor fight her fight nor find her acceptable housing?
Do we not owe the proposal to tear down the very integral fabric of our society, to build a condominium sales centre, a second look?
What if those same developers who bought this property, what if they decided to restore these incredible structurally sound historical buildings, while preserving the habitat of the flora & fauna present? What if Dora, the 30 year rental tenant was allowed to stay, possibly with promises of gardening as a thank you to those now kind instead of evil & destructive developers?
What if the developers set an example in Toronto, that says "we take care of people, & animals & plants, & good development is knowing also when NOT to develop"...Think of the good publicity & good karma towards this development company...Think of how this act will save Canadians, & others, by showing that big business still cares about the lady with cats...

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