TWO OF THE MANY VOLUNTEER PROJECTS THAT MAKE TORONTO A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE – WAY TO GO!

PROJECT #1 – the Downtown De-Fence Project has a rotating group of volunteers who make it their business to remove chain link fences from residential neighbourhoods.

Dave Meslin, who founded the Project 15 years ago says “I want to feel like a live in a city where people know their neighbours. Fences send the opposite message. Taking down a fence symbolizes a commitment to building relationsships.”

ABOVE – Dave’s before and after photos: “It’s a makeover. It transforms the entire space around a lawn.” For more informaton – http://www.publicspace.ca & email – defence@pigeonhat.ca

PROJECT #2 – The Patch Project, supported by the Sustainable Thinking and Expression on Public Space (STEPS). Developers by law must make 50% of the fencing around building sites available for some form of artwork. A 100-strong crew of local artists have been creating murals, live events and on-site heritage displays in neighbourhoods across the city.

“FUEL” by BAREKET KEZWER, an artist, muralist, graphic designer, curator, writer and optimist. She’S dedicated to making TORONTO more socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable. She works with bright colours to get people’s attention and feel joyful about their city.

“POLLINATORS”, supported by OBEN FLATS, was created by NICK SWEETMAN using acrylic and aerosols. It will remain on Gerrard East at Sherbourne Street until a 13-storey building is built behind. The artist even went so far as to replace one panel defaced by taggers (a.k.a. cityscape destroyers).

For more information – http://www.thepatchproject.com

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