Jess Foran



September, 2021

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Supported a comment by Mimi Bernardo on Engage East Harbour 5 days, 18 hours ago
Mimi Bernardo
Perhaps less "office" space as the pandemic has highlighted that office space is really no longer as necessary as pre-pandemic times. Perhaps more retail, Community recreation (i.e. YMCA), affordable housing, a Museum focused on Toronto artifacts, another film studio, off leash dog park, Art studios/galleries, cafes, restaurants, etc
Commented on Engage East Harbour 5 days, 18 hours ago
Toronto's art and culture scene contributed 11.3 billion dollars in GDP in 2019, that is greater than the GDP combined in Ontario's energy, agriculture, forestry and mining sectors in Ontario. Finally be the employment centre that is a home for the creative industries, many developers in Toronto are pushing art hubs out of their existing spaces to make a profit. Recently, 70 artists in the distillery district are being displaced - these galleries are why people visit the distillery in the first place. Give our community meaningful change, not just a few thousand square feet of cultural space, we should be valued just as much as commerce.
Commented on Engage East Harbour 5 days, 19 hours ago
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Commented on Engage East Harbour 5 days, 19 hours ago
Generally interested in the project
Commented on Engage East Harbour 5 days, 19 hours ago
Interested in living here
Commented on Engage East Harbour 4 weeks ago
When walking around streets of Europe past 5pm, one can not help but feel the spirit of the neighbourhood come to life when seeing families roam the streets and squares, wondering into cute shops or simply sitting on 'the Spanish steps.' East Harbour needs this European flare to it, to recenter how busy urban centres in North American can slow down and how streets can be built for *people* I would love to see ample seating areas, otherworldly concept stores, and prioritising unique experiences that aren't normally found in Toronto. I think tattoo parlours and cultural establishments should be seen just as important as bakeries and coffee shops. I want it to be people friendly with string lighting, vendors, late night food market places and a place of POP-ups. Pop-up stores allow the ability to try new concepts out, test ideas and create an ever-changing ecosystem for experiences. Experiences and people contribute to a city's identity and global competitiveness. 30 million tourists don't come to Toronto because they want to sit in a bank tower and check out 'economic development'. Visitors want to be a part of the city's soul, neighbourhoods are part of that. We need to think of this new commercial district as a neighbourhood, where Christmas markets can coexist alongside rush-hour crowds of workers. In thinking about how we 'build back better' after the pandemic, we HAVE to think CULTURE not commerce. Experiences in a city matter.