This is a heritage street with massive, old growth trees. This is one of the last few rural-looking streets in the city and backs onto a huge natural ravine. Chine residents are opposed to sidewalks because it would mean the destruction of a large number of trees, many of them more than 100 years old. If the reconstruction is completed, the heritage aspect of this street will be destroyed, and can never be brought back. We need to keep our green spaces in the city, not destroy them. This is and has always been a safe street, with no accidents with cars or pedestrians, so sidewalks are not necessary. There are many, much busier streets in Toronto with no sidewalks, and people and children are careful while they walk. This street, is a dead-end street, with very little traffic, so sidewalks are superfluous and a waste of huge amounts of tax dollars. On the weekend, Canada’s best known gardener, Mark Cullen, wrote a post siding with the residents. Among other things he called Chine Drive “the prettiest street in Ontario” and said he’s shocked they have to fight to save mature trees. Why must we constantly fight to save trees when they should be protected to begin with? First and foremost, we need the air they produce to breathe, so they should be saved for that reason alone. We need to stand up and fight to save this street, and these trees, before we end up like Istanbul, and finally protest to save the last few trees in our city.
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