Keep the York Street Pillars!

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Media coverage, counter-petition and next steps

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MEDIA COVERAGE

#keepthepillarsTO has captured the city's imagination!

Check out the CBC article here

And an interview with Kelly Catrura on AM 640 here.

COUNTER-PETITION

For those that want to remove the pillars, there is now a counter petition: #removethepillarsTO

The two most frequent criticisms

1) This was an international design competition with a well regarded jury and a public consultation component.

REBUTTAL: public consultation is good, but is always very narrow. Many people did not even know there was a park competition, or that consultation was happening. This is an attempt to increase awareness and continue the consultation component. 

2) The pillars constrict the park to a round design. Without them, the park is open to a better design.

REBUTTAL: The winning design includes a round pond, which does the exact same thing to constrict the park to a round design! We like round designs!

NEXT STEPS:

I will compile a document that includes all comments on this petition, comments from twitter, instagram, facebook, reddit, and all media coverage. The document, along with a link to this petition, will be presented to Waterfront Toronto, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, and Claude Cormier. 

 

Daniel Rotsztain
3 years ago