Dundas West may get parking back (Toronto Sun)

Dundas West may get parking back (Toronto Sun) 

Last Updated: December 22, 2010 5:35pm


In an article published December 22, 2010 by the Toronto Sun, I spoke about the importance of re-opening 70 parking spaces in the Dundas West area, advocating to have them restored 

You can view the article from the Toronto Sun below:


If Councillor Ana Bailao has anything to say about it, the war on the car may really be over.

Dundas Street West through the Davenport ward she represents is poised to get back parking spots taken away under the reign of former councillor Adam Giambrone.

Next month, Bailao will ask her fellow councillors on the Toronto and East York Community Council to restore 70 parking spaces along the busy stretch and restore overnight permit parking on surrounding side streets.

“I’m hoping it will get approved,” Bailao said. “I’ve received a lot of complaints from a lot of people (about the lack of parking).”

Taking out the spaces cost the city an estimated $300,000 a year in lost parking revenue.

“We lost a big chunk of revenue there,” Bailao said, adding there is no concrete evidence eliminating the parking made for faster streetcar routes, which was the justification that sparked the fiasco.

The move is a victory for the Dundas West Business Improvement Area who waged war against Giambrone when the parking was pulled.

“It’s like night and day at City Hall...it’s amazing,” BIA chairman Sylvia Draper-Fernandez told the Sun. “What a difference an election makes.”

Draper-Fernandez said Bailao has been great about turning the situation around along with Mayor Rob Ford.

Both politicos attended a meeting with city staff to work out issues around the parking and sidewalk reconstruction along the stretch.

Bailao said they’ve also asked parking officers to ease up on drivers along the stretch.

That’s something Draper-Fernandez said they’ve noticed already Wednesday.

“They were absolutely ferocious,” she said, recalling all the $60 tickets she’s seen issued for cars violating the no standing regulations put in when parking was pulled. “All of a sudden, they (are) nowhere to be seen.”

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