ACORN protests in Weston

A small group of about 25 ACORN members marched from the Oldstonehenge condo site, at 1705 Weston Road, to the Greenlands Supermarket. They were drawing attention to gentrification in Weston, especially the number of new condo buildings and the loss of affordable supermarkets.

The march was a remarkably low-key affair, and ACORN didn’t really make demands—they asked, quite nicely, to have low-income people taken into consideration when new developments are considered.  Carla Scott, the Weston chapter chair said,

We’re fighting to stop gentrification in Weston. We’re not against development. We want to live in nice places. We want to have a nice area to live in, but we’re saying ‘don’t make it unaffordable for us’.

Author: Adam Norman

I am raising my two children in Weston.

7 thoughts on “ACORN protests in Weston”

  1. One would hope for a better balance, a reasonable solution for the lack of good quality, affordable accommodation in our city.

    And, you would hope that most everyone would aspire to live & play in a nice area – “nice” being a somewhat relative term, I suppose all dependant on your life experience.

    But, sadly in another report, when asked “why the event?”, one of the marchers told the CP24 reporter that it was because “they were trying to fancy up the neighbourhood.”

    Ouch!

    Yeah, there’s much work to be done..
    ..and hopefully it’s not just “lipstick on a pig” stuff.

  2. FYI..
    Two worthy of consideration conversations this morning (Mar.28th) on the CBC’s “Metro Morning” (99.1 FM).

    The first, regarding the gentrification issue and concerns in Parkdale where they’ve had rent strikes recently. And, perspective comes from an “Urban Studies” professor & researcher at the UofT.

    The second, on the heels of the latest electoral proposals for early childcare assistance from the provincial Liberals, and what’s likely to follow from their political opponents with perhaps their version of the same type of benefit program. That perspective, from yet another scholarly type from the UofT Scarborough.

    Personal observation and thought, the market forces of “supply & demand” are alive & well, in both cases.

    In other words, if something is quite rare in any market place, it’ll push the rate to whatever the market will bear.

    Saturate the market, and the price will have a downward trend.
    (But, the watermarks are high.)

    And, Toronto is not the only desirable market in North America where demand is great, and supply is low – with the many who struggle doing so on service industry jobs.

    Anyway, if you have a total of 18 minutes of time to listen to their audio of the conversations, you can find them at the CBC.ca and “Metro Morning”.

    These topics aren’t going away any time soon.

  3. One more idea..

    For anyone concerned about change & gentrification in Weston, or any other area like it.

    It’s a great good news story via CBC Radio 1 and their “As It Happens” current affairs program – and it’s the last item on their Mar.28th edition.

    The idea comes out of Baltimore, arguably the deadliest city in the States in this or any other year, due to what else, gun violence.

    But, this idea is somehow heaven sent and off to a very good start thanks to the Salvation Army, serving the East Baltimore area of town.

    This community of East Baltimore had a self described, “food desert” in their neighbourhood – meaning there were no affordable, fresh food stores within a certain walking distance.

    Enter, DMG Foods (Do the Most Good Foods) – a not for profit (but hope not to lose money) grocery store with fresh fruit & vegetables, etc., that also acts as a job initiative program with many decent benefits.

    And, 2 weeks into this experiment, they’re apparently doing pretty well, thanks to the Salvation Army’s leadership, getting it off the ground with some help from larger grocery chains partnering with them.

    According to the Salvation Army major at the helm, their business model and data is showing such promise that calls are coming in from across the country, seeking information and advice for many of those other struggling communities in America.

    It looks to be an extension of what the Salvation Army already seems to do well with their community service. And, with this social experiment they’re working toward assisting with food nutrition, food education and workforce development.

    In these days of political lobbyists & activists, this idea is special. And, I’m pretty sure I didn’t hear anything remotely political connected to it.

    Plus, this Salvation Army initiative is apparently helping all sorts of people in that neighbourhood – young & old, those with and without.

    What’s not to like about this idea and the group of people who are thinking positively, creatively and not waiting for or demanding from government.

    There’s a pretty good idea here – worthy of any struggling neighbourhood’s attention – anytime, anywhere.

    DMG Foods.

    God love ’em.

    Check it out, on CBC Radio 1.

    The audio of the conversation is on the “As It Happens” web page, via CBC.ca. (It’s the last 9 minutes of that day’s audio file.)

    1. This sounds wonderul! Exactly what is needed to give the neighbourhood a chance to include everyone.

      The Salvation Army is to be applauded, and this model is something that could combine the Frontlines iniatives with youth and the new Hub’s investment in community projects.

      Thank you! And I hope we can get behind this excellent idea.

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