Fuzzy boundaries meeting a good success


The fuzzyboundaries meeting last at the Perth Avenue Housing Cooperative has well organized and gave everyone who wanted to say something the time they needed. Only when the time honoured tradition of examining who a newbie and who is a stuck in “original” did the heat rise at bit, but it quickly went back down.

The group seeks to find a new name for the south junction triangle area that will enhance the sense of community they say.

The group stated it has the support of Councillor Adam Giambrone, and members from Dig IN, the South Junction Triangle Residents Association, the Rankin Crescent Community Garden, Perth Avenue Co-Op, and the Perth Avenue Park Community Festival.

One of their next steps in to set up an online discussion where people can contribute their thoughts and ideas.

The most informative speaker regarding the naming of communities was Beate Bowron, President, Beate Bowron Etcetera, who provided an overview of her view of the nine ways communities view themselves. It talk was so good the blog is going to email her and ask if we can get a copy from her to post.

Link to fuzzyboundaries

Fuzzy Boundaries – In the Villager

from the article …A small, but ever-growing community group is about to find out. They are the residents who live in the undefined area stretching from Davenport Road to the base of Perth Avenue and encompasses the neighbourhood between the train tracks that run east of Dundas Street West and west of Lansdowne Avenue. It is one of the last neighbourhoods in the city that remains nameless.

As they embark on what they are calling a community improvement project, the group of eight so far, has christened themselves – for obvious reasons ‘Fuzzy Boundaries.’

“For us, we all live here,” said Perth Avenue resident Kevin Putnam, who helped spearhead the naming process. “We don’t have a collective identity, nothing that pulls us together as one to create a sense of ownership.”

Adopting a name for the neighbourhood, said Putnam, will have a positive impact on such issues as crime and cleanliness while providing a collective and cohesive identity.

“We live in no-man’s land right now,” Putnam said in an interview Tuesday afternoon. continue…

in the Globe and Mail

from the article…

f it was a character in a book, the neighbourhood in search of a name would be a classic existential hero. It’s more than a century old, as old as the Annex, but nobody knows what to call it. It doesn’t even know what to call itself, despite hesitant efforts over the years to acquire a name.

Once it was the heart of a thriving factory district, with trim worker housing clustered as close as possible to the job-spinning smokestacks, railways on three sides and spur lines everywhere. No name was necessary. Now that the factories are almost all closed, it is a rail-bound nowhere – south of the CPR tracks, west of the GO Newmarket line, east of the Georgetown line – badly in need of identity.

Newspaper accounts of anti-pollution activism in the last days of the factories referred to it as the Junction Triangle. In official parlance, it is part of the nebulous Dovercourt-Wallace Emerson-Junction. A past effort attempted to name it the Wallace Junction. continue…

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