Weston a vacation destination?

I should go pro and start writing for money. How hard could it really be? There are only four kinds of story: tragedy, satire, comedy, and adventure, and Mayor Ford writes the first three genres for me.

The last is a bit tricky, but I’ve cottoned onto how the big players do it downtown: once a year they strap on their MEC messenger bags, straighten out their ironic thick-rimmed glasses, tighten up their Blundstones, and venture out to the burbs to marvel at how surprisingly-not-bad things are out here. We have restaurants! And immigrants! And it’s not that hard to get here! I mean Queens and Jane is no Queen and John, but, all in all, we are surprisingly civilized!

I figured it out after the latest piece in The Star. They had many kind, if slightly paternalistic, things to say about our fair village. Be prepared to show the crowds of lost tourists from downtown around–we are the newest and hottest staycation destination. Just be sure to talk slow–they may not understand your accent.

Thanks to Christian and the Twitterer I’ve lost track of for the tip.

Author: Adam Norman

I am raising my two children in Weston.

8 thoughts on “Weston a vacation destination?”

  1. Hi Adam,
    Shawn Micallef, to his credit, has been someone who has been trying to open the eyes of many Torontonians to the many goods our city has to offer. He even wrote a book on it, called “Stroll”, which invites people to take walking tours of many of Toronto’s neighbourhoods.

  2. So wait, encouraging people to get out of downtown for a change and see the whole city is a bad thing?

    It’s hard to rail against stereotyped portrayals of any given neighbourhood when doing the same thing. Ho ho, ironic glasses! Messenger bags! Do they swill lattes too?

    Being thin-skinned about downtowners is the worst suburban stereotype of all. I think we’d all do a lot better if we could get past this kind of thing.

  3. Touché, Bob. Well reasoned and well written. Why don’t you write for us?

    P, forgive me. I’m sure Shawn is a very decent man. I didn’t know that he had written that book; I’ll read it and link to it as an apology.

    This is the fourth time (in my recent memory), though, that we’ve been noticed as a ‘nice place to visit’: The Grid, The Globe, Spacing and now The Star. I’m flattered. It’s nice that they care. But the senseless deaths of Courthney Facey and Mike James at the hands of a psychopath made it to page GT6 of The Star and A20 of The National Post. I will never forgive the majors for that. The death of Clayton Wright barely made the news, and that only because he was murdered after the shootout in Scarborough last week.

  4. Ha ha, Mb’s comment was bang on!

    Weston is way too rough around the edges for most people to actually go out of their way to explore. Although there’s definitely beauty within, first time visitors to my home in Weston often express statements along the lines of “I was a little worried coming in.”

    There’s no denying the perimeter often has a negative impression on people. The graffiti, loiterers, and street names that often make crime news to boot (i.e. Jane and Weston).

    Ironically, I recently had a visitor come from a downtown condo via TTC. After exiting a bus at Jane and Patika, he quickly chose to walk directly into Weston, rather than stroll up Jane a few blocks before entering. When he left my home, he told me he’d much rather walk down Pine than Jane, even mid-day on a sunny Sunday!

    Regretfully, I totally understood his decision. After all, I’d much rather go for a walk downtown, then on any main street around Weston.

    Best regards.

  5. I have to agree with both MB and The reality. I like to think of Weston as a beautiful island surrounded by a raging sea. I have never felt completely at ease walking along Jane St. or Weston Rd and I doubt I’m the only one. Quite frankly I’d give my left arm to have the latte drinking hipsters move into Weston, but I imagine we will have to wait quite some time before Weston actually becomes the next Junction.

  6. Great point Chris. Gentrification is exactly what Weston needs. An influx of hipster’s could very well bring an energetic and ambitious mentality when it comes to revamping the neighbourhood.

    Although Weston lacks a close proximity to downtown and a safe channel to get there (that Jane bus is scary), it does have immediate highway access and great value for home buyers.

    Come on hipsters, I welcome thee! Maybe one day we too will join the list of success stories such as Cabbagetown, Roncesvalles, Parkdale and the Junction. Then we can all enjoy a coffee at the local shop without fear of losing our cell phones.

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