1. I guess whether 1.4 km is too far is subjective (I do feel it is especially in the winter time, but I guess you don't). That's fine, but thanks for admitting that 1.4 km is not ideal and the hope is to rely on the future supermarket that will be built on Yonge/Cummer. Unfortunately you can't disclose the information of the supermarket until the information goes public. Two points to clarify:Average walking speed for humans is in the range of 4.5km/ph:
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So the walking time estimate you provide is reasonable.
Is it 'Too Far' ?
Its not ideal; though as separately noted there will be a supermarket 1/2 that distance at the corner of Yonge/Cummer.
But you know how you keep hearing about the need for every person to walk 10,000 steps per day, on average, to say healthy? That's 8km.
So 1.4km (2.8km round trip) is only 35% of what one should walk every day. Clearly this would be a burden on someone who is disabled, but they will access Wheel Trans or the regular TTC. Clearly this would be a burden
for a large suburban family doing one bulk shop a week. But for a person who will be shopping for one person, living in one room, likely 3-4x per week, it is not that burdensome for the majority.
Again, most will access a supermarket that is closer.
I discuss the 1.4 km, status quo that would have been in place for 18 months had the rapid housing hit its timeline (which would have been a miracle, but I digress); above.
No one would have starved, and this type of hyperbole detracts from your argument.
There will be.
I do, but I'm not sharing them, yet. But you won't have to wait long, the details will be public VERY soon.
I'm not going to get ahead of the press release.
Using this argument, Rapid Housing and TCHC can only be built in areas that already have a high concentration of low-income people. You will never achieve ' Balance' in this way. Instead, areas already facing economic challenges will face more challenges, and areas with few challenges will face no additional burdens.
I do not accept this premise.
For many who will reside here, they will choose to take transit to the supermarket, irrespective of the walking distances involved, if they would prefer/need to shop at a hard discount store, the Cummer bus will take them to Finch Station, where a 2-stop trip south will afford them access to Food Basics or they can transfer to the Yonge Bus at Cummer to travel just over 1km north to access No Frills.
And yes, this is perfectly reasonable, a middle-income person, who owns a car, and has supermarkets in my own area, I routinely drive to get larger, bulkier, and basic supplies in my own neighbourhood, but I regularly take transit downtown, from East York, so I can shop at St. Lawrence Market, ~15 stops away.
a. How could you obtain the information AHEAD of the public? It looks like you have access of some information that is not yet disclosed to the public? Are you a city staff? insider? Any other information that is only known by you but not us? Is it a fair debate where we have unequal access of information, as some are not even disclosed to the public?
b. "Using this argument, Rapid Housing and TCHC can only be built in areas that already have a high concentration of low-income people" - You can't twist my argument to an extreme. I am just saying when the city decides to choose a site, the affordability is a contributing factor that needs to take into consideration. Of course, a well made decision has to consider many factors (and it leads to the transparecy I am going to address later)
especially to those that don't provide any argument to support their opinions. Too low!Couldn't agree more