Local Student Contributes to Fuzzy Mural

Local student and graffiti artist Eric was enlisted by the owner of 229 Wallace to add his artistic flourishes to the Fuzzy Mural. Michael Wacholtz, a representative of the owner, helped out and stood by to make sure people knew that the Fuzzy Boundaries initiative, the mural, and Eric are supported by the property owner. Kudos to 229 Wallace Lofts for helping this local youth. Check out the video as this smart and motivated young man talks about his art. Only a week or so remain to see the mural before the building is torn down. Way to go Eric!

More photos on the Fuzzy Boundaries website.

Fuzzy Parade - Sunday, March 14, 2010 at 1 p.m.

Fuzzy Boundaries will be bringing music to the streets of our neighbourhood to encourage people to vote before the polls close (online until midnight) and celebrate the end of the naming project. You will also be able to vote in person as the parade passes - just look for a Fuzzy Boundaries Parade Marshall with a clipboard and ballots.

There are three ways to enjoy the music of the Baturyn Concert Marching Band. A musical parade will be passing by a majority of the houses in the neighbourhood. You can see the band go by twice at Perth Park. Or, you can take a walk through the neighbourhood with us as the band plays on.

Route Description & Map

The parade starts on Wallace Avenue at the foot of the Wallace Avenue bridge at 1 P.M. The course runs east to Rankin, south on Rankin and then a little west to Campbell (1:20 P.M.), north on Campbell to Antler, west on Antler to Perth, half a block north on Perth to Parkman (1:40 P.M.), then west on Parkman to Franklin, south on Franklin to Ruskin, west on Ruskin for a block, then north on Edwin (across Dupont) to Edith (2 P.M.), east on Edith and Hugo to Perth, south on Perth all the way to the bottom (south of Bloor – 2:30 P.M.), then north on Sterling and continuing north on Symington to Antler, west on Antler and finish in the Perth Square Park (3 P.M.).

Google map of the route: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=3469062

Fuzzy Boundaries: The Globe and Mail

Fuzzy boundaries no more

West-end neighbourhood seeks to define and label itself, choosing from 10 names

From Wednesday's Globe and Mail Published on Wednesday, Mar. 10, 2010 12:00AM EST
Last updated on Wednesday, Mar. 10, 2010 5:59AM EST

What's in a neighbourhood name?

A lot - especially in a city defined by hundreds of differentiated municipal pockets.

And residents of one Toronto neighbourhood feeling left out of the name game have spent more than a year trying to come up with a suitable moniker.

Fuzzy Boundaries: Toronto Sun

The article's title is very misleading, as it calls our area the Junction.

Junction residents play name game

DON PEAT, Toronto Sun
March 7, 2010 8:01pm

What’s in a name?

For Kevin Putnam and his group, Fuzzy Boundaries, more than they thought.

Fuzzy Boundaries is almost halfway through a two-week voting period that is giving residents in the west-end Junction area a chance to vote on what their neighbourhood should be named.

Starting last May, the group has moved from initial discussions — online and at public forums — to a shortlist of the top 10 names for the neighbourhood.

Read the complete story.

Public Forum: Diesel vs. Electric Rail Expansion

Please take note of this upcoming meeting at City Hall regarding the expansion of diesel train traffic in the Georgetown rail corridor on the western side of our neighbourhood.

Public Forum

All Aboard? Diesel, electric and clean air: Which way forward?

This forum is an opportunity for public discussion of the proposed Metrolinx expansion of the Georgetown South transit line and the rail link from Union Station to Pearson.

The Board of Health supports expanded public transit as a way to reduce vehicle traffic, but remains concerned about health risks and air quality impacts predicted with the proposed diesel rail expansion.

Forum Date: Monday, March 22, 2010
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Place: Council Chambers, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street W.
Public Transit: Subway to either Queen (Yonge line) or Osgoode (University line) and walk over to Bay St. Alternatively, take the Bay bus #6 or #6A northbound from Union Station or southbound from the Bay subway station (transfer required). Disembark at Albert Street.

There will be a panel discussion, followed by a question period. Everyone is welcome to attend. Registration is not required.

Flyer for Public Forum on Metrolinx Expansion (PDF)

Background information on the proposed expansion.

Campbell-Rankin Community Garden: Call for Volunteers

Here's another post to get you past the late-winter blahs and all excited about spring. The Campbell-Rankin Community Garden has a brand new website, and they're starting to ramp up for the upcoming garden planting season.

This garden has continued to flourish over the past few years, as local volunteers donated time and materials to beautify this once-neglected patch of land along Rankin Cres. between Symington Ave. and Campbell Ave. Last year, the City provided a large amount of leaf compost as well as a water tap to help the growing efforts along even further. This year they plan to extend the garden to include the third and final section which is still overgrown with weeds.

If you're interested in getting involved with gardening at this site, you can contact the group through their website. They will be meeting every Sunday morning at 10:00am, starting in April or May.

Some background about the garden:

This community garden was started in 2006 on an abandoned City of Toronto Transportation land with a $1500 Beautiful Toronto grant. It is one large Communal Garden Plot. Initially started as a xeriscaping garden by about 8 volunteers.
Since then the city has installed a water source and our garden has flourished with plant donations from the volunteers who come out once a week, to help water and weed. Visitors can now enjoy the many perennial flowers our garden has to offer.

Photos by Vic Gedris, August 8 2009.

"The John Doe of Neighbourhoods"

The Toronto Star has another article about the Fuzzy Boundaries neighbourhood naming project: The John Doe of neighbourhoods. Just in time for the final vote which starts on Monday March 1st and runs until March 14th.

Some highlights from the article:

The John Doe of neighbourhoods
The Wedge? The Triangle? Residents debate which name will make this junction function
By Mary Ormsby Feature Writer

Then and Now: Dupont St. and Perth Ave.

Are you interested in old photos of our neighbourhood, and watching how this area has changed over time? Well, then keep an eye on this website, as I will be posting a collection of "Then and Now" photos. Most of the historical photos will be from the City of Toronto Archives, and current photos taken by me (Vic Gedris). Many of these were previously on display at the Perth-Dupont branch of the Toronto Public Library as part of the Fuzzy Boundaries project.

Do you have any old photos of this neighbourhood? Please feel free to get in touch if you're willing to share them!

We'll start off this series comparing a photos of the north-west corner of Dupont St. and Perth Ave., taken on October 23 1958 with a modern version taken on March 28 2009.

Dupont and Perth, October 23 1958: City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 200, Series 372, Subseries 100, Item 86Dupont and Perth, October 23 1958: City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 200, Series 372, Subseries 100, Item 86

Fuzzy Boundaries: Names listed on Wallace Ave.

The Fuzzy Boundaries neighbourhood naming group has used the former D&M Lumber building on Wallace Ave. as a canvas to display the Top 10 Names as chosen by local residents. The final vote for the neighbourhood name will run from March 1 to 14, 2010.

This building is scheduled to be demolished on March 17th, to be converted in to the 229 Wallace Lofts.

More photos, info and details on the Fuzzy Boundaries website. Additional photos by local photographer Martin Reis are posted on Flickr.

Campbell Park skating: Final weekend!

It's hard to believe, but skating season is almost over at our local rink at Campbell Park. The rink closes after Sunday February 28th, and the final pleasure skating session is on Saturday February 27th from 4:00-6:00pm.

The Saturday afternoon pleasure skate has been a huge success this year. Many people from all over the neighbourhood are coming, not just for the skating but to hang out in the friendly outdoor atmosphere with other neighbours. Lots of kids, and people just learning how to skate too. Even if you don't really like skating, it's fun to just hang out at the park and chat with people, or warm up by the campfire with some freshly-made donuts and hot chocolate.

For pleasure skating and shinny schedules, please check the City Rinks website.

Hope to see you all there.

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