Weâ€™re guessing that most residents would agree with Toronto Lifeâ€™s ranking of Bloor West Village as the best neighbourhood in the city! Itâ€™s well-deserved and we are fortunate to have a number of attributes that make it so attractive and livable including:
â€¢ A vibrant main street shopping area
â€¢ Mature, stable residential streets
â€¢ Top public schools
â€¢ Walkability to all the essentials of daily life
â€¢ Excellent access to public transit, and
â€¢ An abundance of parks and other public spaces
But being fortunate doesnâ€™t mean being entitled. These advantages cannot be taken for granted and despite the Toronto Life score, they can be threatened by:
â€¢ Inappropriate out-of-scale urban intensification
â€¢ Inadequate planning tools to guide renewal and growth
â€¢ Lack of City resources to properly maintain our parks and tree canopy, and
â€¢ Market forces and property taxes that penalize main street retailers
The good news is that we have a lot of engaged residents who can take some credit for how great our village is today! You are showing up at public meetings by the hundreds to express your concerns about inappropriate development proposals. You are challenging monster home proposals all the way to TLAB, Torontoâ€™s appeal tribunal, and sending a message that this type of renewal is not encouraged in Bloor West Village. You are supporting the work of the BWVRA as a member and a donor when called upon. You are supporting other vital organizations such as Green 13 to ensure our tree canopy and public open spaces are protected and enhanced. And, you are shopping locally to ensure our retail main street prospers and survives as the anchor of our village.
As one of the strongest collective voices in our area, letâ€™s keep it up! The BWVRA is always looking for energetic, committed residents to contribute their ideas and talents as members of our Board.
Do you have some time to become involved? Weâ€™d love to hear from you about your interests and how you would like to help! Please click here to learn more.