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Black Creek ranks lowest on Toronto neighbourhood list

Posted by Derek Flack / March 13, 2014

blackcreek neighbourhood torontoThe City of Toronto has released its new neighbourhood rankings, which puts Black Creek at the bottom of the list. An area best known for the intersection of Jane and Finch, it's not surprising to hear of the low position accorded to this neighbourhood -- particularly when one considers that Lawrence Park North received the highest ranking. Economic prosperity and livability are indelibly linked? No way!

The question one might ask, however, is whether or not rankings of this type do more harm than good. While it's crucial to identify neighbourhoods in need of additional community support (and this has been a "priority neighbourhood" for some time), the stigma associated with residing in Toronto's "least livable neighbourhood" is a burden in its own right, one that is just as likely to erode community pride as it is to aid the City in directing social assistance programs to the most deserving places.

Obviously if there's a neighbourhood ranking system in place, there will be a lowest score. And, in fairness, the City of Toronto's efforts to track the health of our various neighbourhoods is one way to address challenges that are faced by some areas that are absent in others. But perhaps there's a way to employ terminology that avoids the baggage that goes with being ranked at the bottom of the heap?

What do you think? Do neighbourhood rankings play a role in community pride?



Better Vote For Olivia Chow / March 13, 2014 at 06:47 pm
3 years of Rob Ford has clearly been lost on this great neighbourhood. :(
Ron / March 13, 2014 at 11:38 pm
I'd love to see how real estate agents are dealing with this mess. "Upper Lakeshore" just won't cut it. It's a toilet, and till people start paying attention to the statistics generated by the neighbourhood, we're all going to live in a fantasy world where nothing gets better.
Steven / March 13, 2014 at 11:53 pm
All the years Chow was councillor, she really didn't care much of that area of the city. Just hers. Now she leaves her NDP constituents and leaving them with no one representing them to follow her ego. She also left the city for Ottawa. Big picture, she simply walks away over & over again for her tiny ego.
Nope / March 14, 2014 at 03:12 am
No community rankings do not matter to the people who already. They dont need a survey or some study to tell them what they already know and live everyday. And that goes for Rosedale too.
E. Toby Coke replying to a comment from Steven / March 14, 2014 at 06:35 am
Steven wrote: "All the years Chow was councillor, she really didn't care much of that area of the city. Just hers. Now she leaves her NDP constituents and leaving them with no one representing them to follow her ego. She also left the city for Ottawa."

So you criticize her for focusing only on her constituents, then you criticize her for NOT focusing on her constituents. Which one is it?

Also, when Doug Holyday left his constituents to go to provincial politics (after condemning such practice for years), were you OK with that?
No Surprise / March 14, 2014 at 06:44 am
People actually do get shot, and stabbed quite often in Toronto. In fact, there were two stabbings in the Jane/Finch area just last night. Tell the families of innocent victims such as those gunned down at the Eaton Centre in recent times, or possibly those who's lives were taken or who sustained injuries at the hands of senseless gunmen at a Malvern community neighborhood barbeque. Violence is growing, without a doubt. Anyone who denies it is in denial or needs to read the news daily. So, in response to your invalid statements I say the victims were real people who lost there lives in Toronto. For you to make that statement I would imagine that you need a subscription to the Toronto Star, or remove your rose coloured glasses.
steve replying to a comment from No Surprise / March 14, 2014 at 06:52 am
You need to put your prejudices about Toronto into focus, your myopic view of Toronto allows you to miss that what happens in other cities. Statistics is a great indicator for a reality check.
hahaha..No Suprise is out of his element replying to a comment from No Surprise / March 14, 2014 at 08:20 am
I love these braindead types who try to spread the idea that Toronto is somehow extremely dangerous. He cites a recent stabbing...and then reaches back practically into yesteryear to reference the Eaton Centre shootings. Wha????

Get a LIFE, buddy. The world isn't the big bad bogeyman that Harper and Fantino has spoonfed you to believe.
Realist (mostly) replying to a comment from No Surprise / March 14, 2014 at 08:23 am
Violence in Toronto has not been growing "without a doubt." Violence in Toronto, while it obviously still happens and shouldn't be ignored, is less than in most other Canadian cities. For instance:

Crime in Canada overall and the homicide rate in particular has been dropping for a couple of decades now.
rustysheba replying to a comment from Better Vote For Olivia Chow / March 14, 2014 at 08:24 am
seriously? people are blaming Rob Ford? why? i lived close to this are from 1981 - 2001 and darn happy i moved to Etobicoke. It was always a neighbourhood with issues. I won't go further but boy I can sure put a lot in this paragraph. But it's plain to see there are a lot of people there that don't want to help themselves but certainly know where city hall is for the special monthly cheques. Maybe they need to start building swanky condos there too.
hahaha..No Suprise is out of his element replying to a comment from No Surprise / March 14, 2014 at 09:10 am
And who with half a brain in their head maligns The Toronto Star? Seriously. Have you ever even read it? CAN you read???

Look, Toronto has a century of journalistic excellence under it's belt, and it bugs the shit out of me when mouthbreathers who don't know shit from shinola heap loads on the Star. I had the same arguments against liberals who shit on the Post when it came out just because it was right of centre. Who cares...THAT was fun, intriguing paper for a very long time.

Anyone who picks up the The Globe, The Post or The Star, you're getting a world-class newspaper with top notch reporting. The only piece of shit in this city is The Sun, and it really is atrocious. But they do try hard in a few depts. (Sports, Auto)

Next time someone rips the Star, I'm going to ask for a few citations as to proof.
E.Toby gets it right replying to a comment from E. Toby Coke / March 14, 2014 at 09:17 am
I lived in this neighbourhood when Chow was a councillor and she was always well-respected here because she, like many of my neighbours, came to Canada with nothing and worked her but off to get where she is today. To give your kids more than you had is any immigrants dream, and now you're trying to tear that down?!?! What is it about Rob Ford being born with a silver spoon in his mouth is so much more compelling for you than a person who came to this country (legally), worked hard, paid taxes, ran for office, helped her fellow citizens, etc.?? What about Chow REALLY leaves such bad taste in your mouth? Or do you just not like it when people with my skin colour do well from really hard work?

This is serious, friend. You gotta look in the mirror when you answer it too. Imagine your kid was watching you answer this question, too.

Downtowner / March 14, 2014 at 09:47 am
Got to agree tho black creek area is a jungle. My friends mostly live between Jane Lawrence and Jane eg and lots of shit going down there. Drugs are a big part of reason why theres shooting and gangs tho and its getting pretty bad.
wench / March 14, 2014 at 10:24 am
Well I wouldn't feel safe walking alone at night in almost any area of Toronto. I feel horny. :)
Mark / March 14, 2014 at 10:35 am
Anyone know the demographics of the area? Might be a hint.
Mark replying to a comment from Ryan / March 14, 2014 at 02:37 pm
Hey lookie there its a Toronto liberal calling someone racist for pointing out the fact that blacks are involved in crime more than other ethnic groups. Anything to avoid dealing with the actual problem huh Ryan?
Rick replying to a comment from Mark / March 14, 2014 at 03:13 pm
Yep - Black, Latino, with poor white trash canadians and a lot of muslim immigrants.

What? You scared???

Some of the best ethnic food spots are in these types of areas.
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