THE GOOD, THE BAD and THE BIZARRE

Bayview Post - - News -

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.

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