Almost 150 buildings around Toronto will open to the public next weekend as part of the Doors Open festival. Some are spectacular, like the Architects’ Headquarters. Some are quiet, like the Fischer Rare Book Library. Some are holy, like St James Cathedral; and some appear pretty banal—like the potting shed at Casa Loma.
But none are in Weston. Not even one.
By way of contrast: the Junction has three sites, Parkdale has five. Four sites are within walking distance of High Park.
This, in your humble correspondent’s opinion, is a let down. Weston has many interesting buildings worth a look-see, and which are not normally open to the public. I would love to see what goes on in the Masonic Lodge and post office on Weston Road. I’m sure I’m only one of a dozen people to have been in the Plank Road building in the past 50 years. There are many old, beautiful churches I wouldn’t normally go into, given my faith (or lack thereof). I’m sure I’m not the only one.
More importantly, not having Doors Open means we miss a chance to build a bridge between the two Westons. I’ve never been in the public and low-rent housing around town, even though I write about it. I’ve never been to the Weston King Neighbourhood Drop In, to my shame. And even if I don’t always physically stay on my side of the tracks, I emotionally do. I would have welcomed an open door—and opened mine as well, of course.
And you, dear reader, what would you like to see, if the doors were open to you? Leave a comment.