Sidewalk width is such an ongoing battle - on Dundas West where it goes NORTH of Bloor (parallel to the Go/UP tracks) the eastern sidewalk is a year-round struggle. When it snows, it's not plowed, and the rest of the year whatever the bushes are (weeds? I honestly don't know) encroach in a major way. I shudder to think what someone pushing a stroller, granny cart or using a mobility device would do. I suppose they'd opt for the other sidewalk and then do the oh-so-lovely song and dance of crossing at multi-step "The Junction" intersection.
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I imagine some of the plant material shown was intentional, but its difficult to assess what was and was not.
The Goldenrod, a native plant, looks nice when in flower, not as nice the rest of the time, but is going to fall over in late season, and will lean in the direction of the sun prior to that. one can note the effect of an opaque sound wall in exaggerating the natural leaning effect. I certainly question putting in this mix of plants (if it was mostly intentional) as the encroachment was a foreseeable issue; and it looks more neglected than natural.
Ps, I think I'm safe in saying the very visible vine (large leaf, foreground) in the image on the left was not intentional; that's Wild (Riverbank) Grape. Native, but highly invasive, it will run over any other plant in its way, climb it and kill it. (in nature it encounters limits that prevent it from bulldozing everything, not so much in urban sites like this)