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  • September 03, 2014

North Toronto Post September Issue "Say No to Grey Skies on Eglinton"


(North Toronto Post, September 2014)

By Mike Colle MPP, Eglinton-Lawrence 

As your local MPP during this critical time of transformation on our local streets, skyline, and roadways, I believe it is imperative that bright and inspirational designs and colours be injected into our cityscape.  

It is bad enough that we have monotonous 40 and 50 story towers which block our skies, but we also have grey concrete slabs everywhere we look! We walk on grey sidewalks, under massive grey condominium towers, ride on grey subways, and every second car seems to be silver grey. This is why as we plan and build the new Eglinton Crosstown, we need to encourage and promote colourful station design that breaks the greying that has taken hold of our local geography. It is important to remember that the addition of bright, living colour can be done without any additional cost or delay.

Adding colour into our everyday landscapes would not only benefit our collective mood, but it also helps to create streets and buildings which garner more respect. When people feel good about where they live, property damage significantly decreases, and more care and attention is paid to our public spaces.

Consider all of the wonderful cities around the world that are making vibrant changes and adding local colour like Prague, Paris, New York, and Amsterdam. An inspiring case study can be found in Tirana, Abania, where in 2000, then mayor Edi Rama, hired painters to add vibrant blue, yellow, and pink colours to Tirana’s grey,  drab, post-Communist  façade. Crime rates came down and this once lifeless backwater came alive.

So let’s get out in our communities and add some colour to our streets, storefronts, and public spaces! Let’s add some pinks, blues, and greens to stop the greying of our local geography! 


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