THE GOOD, THE BAD and THE BIZARRE
THE GOOD: Artists never have it easy. With the runaway cost of housing, what is a struggling artist to do? Is Toronto’s growth going to make it that much harder for an artist to work? If so, we must wonder what great art we will miss out on if the road to becoming an artist goes from unrealistic to impossible. Developer Daniels Corp., of acclaimed Regent Park redevelopment, recognizes the role artists play in civic life and is crafting a plan for a 10-storey building to house local musicians, operated as a co-op by a not-for-profit group.
THE BAD: An interesting development in the burgeoning Leslieville neighbourhood saw local residents up in virtual social media arms over the arrival of a KFC chicken outlet on their clearly hallowed ground. The east end nabe is one of the hottest in the city for young couples, real estate prices are through the roof, and people seem to love the independent shops that line Queen Street East. Still, it seems a stretch that a neighbourhood’s sense of place and identity would be threatened by the arrival of a single fast-food chicken shop.
THE BIZARRE: An aging Riverdale mansion that was once in such bad disrepair that it was on the market for $1 has risen in stock in the eyes of some Torontonians. Which Torontonians, you ask? Why, those admirers of murderous clowns who strike fear into the hearts of children. Cranfield House on Pape Avenue served as the set for interior scenes of this year’s popular film adaptation of Stephen King’s classic horror novel It. And thus it has begun to attract tourists eager for a (boring?) selfie with the home’s Edwardian exterior.