Originally Posted by caltrane74
Well this area of Bay Street is just a place where people live, it's not supposed to be a tourist attraction, although it may end up becoming one, as it is one of the greatest canyon streets on earth.
Comparing it to dufferin is probably more apt than comparing it to Bloor or Yonge Street.
So, only places where tourists go have to look good? Places where we live can look banal, ugly, and poorly designed? That's a really lame excuse and a bit of a hillbilly mentality: put the company in the nice room and hide the rest since we don't want them to figure out we're simple folk.
Some of us are expect it all to be designed well and look good, not just the stuff guests get to see. And designed well doesn't mean it has to cost a lot. You can tell how sophisticated a society is immediately by the minimum standard they will tolerate.
It was night and day when I traveled from northern Ontario to northern Minnesota even though they were living practically side by side. The people on the US side were infinitely more sophisticated right down to the colour they painted their out house and the ice fishing boots they wore. Yes, even in footwear there was a big difference in quality/colour/materials/variety/styling, but the people on the Canadian side were oblivious to it, of course.
It's not Bloor so it's ok that it's mediocre? That so many Torontonians continue to make excuses like this is a good indicator that we have a ways to go yet. Dufferin needs to be upgraded as well!