Summer in the city
Summer is a time when suburbanites like myself wish they weren’t living in the ‘burbs.
Many say summer is when the city comes alive – but in my opinion, that statement applies mainly to the downtown core.
Toronto prides itself on being a city that offers a variety of events for a variety of people.
But for someone who was born, raised and remains a resident in Scarborough (during my summer break between grad school in Ottawa), it sure doesn’t feel like this is the case.
But why should suburbanites be restricted to the metropolis for our entertainment? As a longtime rider of the TTC, I appreciate the rocket's ability to get me around the city. But commuting over two hours on a regular basis to attend an event takes the fun out of having fun.
In short, the city should organize more events of greater quantity and quality beyond Toronto's downtown core.
quick search for ‘Scarborough’ on the City
of Toronto’s events website,
and you’ll find 10 events – give or take – at any given time in
Toronto’s east end; and they're typically the same kinds of events
week after week.
What's more, local residents are largely unaware of the few events that do take place in suburbia because the city doesn't take the time to advertise them like they do with large scale events that happen downtown.
I, for one, love to be out and about in the city. But as someone who actively seeks out activities to do – especially during the summertime – even I struggle to find interesting local events near my home.
So, inevitably – if I'm not downtown – I'm walking around Scarborough Town Centre for the one-hundredth time.
Don't get me wrong. This isn't the most pressing issue for municipal candidates to consider up to the election. But this is just a friendly reminder to the city that it would be nice for them to think of the millions of people up in the 'burbs when planning future events.
After all, we are part of Toronto too.