The plants in the raised planters and at sidewalk level on Dundas St West level were brought up in a conversation recently. Although the conversation was about the current condition of plants. Many are uncared for and not watered in many areas along the strip – although some store keepers are personally maintaining the planters and plants near their store, it bought about the question of the planters as part of the community. The planters which are 50/50 cost share between the city and a local JBIA (Junction Business Improvement Area) for the planters (which can be read as an 50/50 cost share between the businesses and the residents) with the Junction BIA also providing the plants, are an important addition to the street-scape. Their health is very important to the public life of Dundas St West as the deterioration of the plants will result in negative views of the community from within and without.
An the present time the BIA management has takes on the responsibility of ensuring planters are planted and watered. Should it remain this way? It would seem logical if the JBIA does maintain the planters, yet if they do not maintain the planters should not the city take on their upkeep?
The planters are part of the community that has considerable impact on the whole neighbourhood. The planters were 1st put in about 30 years ago after the JBIA was created in 1973.
Again the blog simply wants to interest people in the Junction with information about aspects of the community that may not be know to everyone such as the 50/50 partnership outlined above.