Thinking Out Loud

August 23, 2008

A Piece of Heaven on Earth

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — paulthinkingoutloud @ 10:50 pm

We spent several hours today in what I consider the idyllic place to live. The Toronto Island Community — just south of the core business district, but a 15-minute ferry ride away — consists of two groups of houses, on Ward’s Island and Algonquin Island. This is a world without cars. A world where you wander past homes which are all very distinctive in so many different ways. Someday, we might spend several days here, as we picked up bed and breakfast information this time around. This is a world where its natural peace simply invades your soul.

Every ten years or so, different Toronto politicians try to score political points by suggesting that this community be evicted so that the park area can expand and the public can enjoy the entire islands area. I have two responses to that: (a) we were there on one of the busiest days of the year, and the public simply isn’t interested in walking away from the central area featuring swimming, rides and picnic facilities; and (b) to make the island fully ‘public’ you’d have to evict the three yacht clubs first.

But mainly, I think instead of trying to evict the Toronto Islanders, we should all — whether you live in souther Ontario in Canada or anywhere else in the world — be looking at ways to replicate this community a hundred times over.

(Sadly, I only took one picture myself, which I’ll download & post later.)

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