I sorta look at them as assurances that folks less likely to get run over by extremists losing it while driving vehicles in highly people traffic areas. So I don't have a problem with them from that point of view. But I agree more elegant/aesthetic solutions are needed to be presented and present here as they are an eyesore for sure.If memory serves correct, im pretty sure they were put up months after the Yonge Street van attack. Barriers were put up here, around Scotiabank Arena, and the Rogers Centre just to name a few places in an effort to prevent something like this happening at large public gathering spots.
The city promised to look into a permanent solution, but yet here we are years later with absolutely nothing but the temporary "solution" put in place.