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Citizen-Z Cavan Young's 2004 film about the zamboni crisis





A vital little plan for Dufferin Grove Park

From Jutta Mason (CELOS): Vital Little Plans is the title of a collection Jane Jacobs' writings and talks, edited by Samuel Zipp and Nate Storring and published in 2016. If you go to this google link and scroll almost to the bottom, to the chapter called "Can Big Plans Solve the Problem of Urban Renewal?" you can see why the phrase fits what we want to do.

In early May of 2002 I gave Jane Jacobs a copy of the first booklet that CELOS published, Cooking with Fire in Public Parks (first edition). When I saw her again two days later, she said that she'd read it from cover to cover, because she really liked the stories of what ordinary people were doing at Dufferin Grove Park.

It was ordinary people, including front-line unionized staff, who made the park work in such interesting ways, But in 2012, city management directed the staff to stop working the way they were used to. Six years later, the results are in: Dufferin Grove Park needs to change.

The most recent Dufferin Grove Park Northwest Corner "Revitalization" meeting was on Tuesday Dec.11, 2018

CELOS notes are here.

Meeting: on Sunday September 30, at 4 p.m., 120 people squeezed into the rink clubhouse and showed their support for working out a governance change for the park.

Two short clips from the meeting here and here.

Subject: can Dufferin Grove Park be run as a "conservancy"?

Comments before the meeting

Comments since the meeting

Councillor Ana Bailao's response letter

Some CELOS research workbook pages are here.

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