Each day when images are taken of the work proceeding on the West Toronto Diamond project, many of the workers stop and point at the photo taker. And while some of the photos are for use on this blog in relation to the impact the work is having on the community situation as it occurs, most are simply to document this important change to our community. This morning seemed to cause an unusual interest from quite a few workers, all upping a huffed state. Seeing this it occurred that many of these workers may not have any idea as to what good and what identity destruction the project is causing to the historical and common culture of the community. Much of the community also needs to address this change too, was not the character of the junction the reason many came and the reason many stayed.
Of course the good is the betterment of the GO transit system and travel to and from the airport, and surrounds. The destruction of the rail junction will sever the steel reality that maintains emotional link that the Junction community has made with the railroads. As the Junction has lost a vast amount – really all – of its industry in the past 20 years, it clasped the railway history to itself to an even greater extent. Removing the rail junction itself severs that hold., and combining this loss with that of the noise, smell, and looming bulk of the Toronto Macroni Factory on Hook Ave, and the sweet flour scent of the mills and noise of the vacuum hoses that moved the flour into the silos at the plant on Junction Rd. that would have made a year pile driving welcome. We also lost Dominion Corrugated on Monarch Rd – a real noisy and dirty operation in those same years. The list could go on for another paragraph.
So if you are employee on the site, remember not every photograph is about the noise, the community may aggrieve the noise but after you are gone parts of the nature of the community will be gone too. This loss is not your concern of course unless you choose it to be, and many in the community would welcome it.