Greetings Cabbagetown

cabbagtown-bia — It’s difficult to believe summer has come and gone; fleetingly, as it always does. Lucky for us Canadians, we are gifted with fresh days, crisp nights, stunning autumn colours, and the opportunity to be appreciative of the endless gifts that come our way. We are free to live as we please, free to speak with or socialize with whomever we choose. Each and every one of us has access to some of the best health care on the planet. Very few of us ever go hungry or without. But, there are those that do. If you can, take a moment to extend a hand of genuine kindness and compassion to someone who may need it. Cabbagetown is chock-a-block with a plethora of variety and abundance. Virtually everything we would care to eat, drink, or partake of is within walking distance. Get out and support your local businesses and community. Extend your thanks to the shopkeepers, the restaurant servers, the street cleaners, the public transportation operators and the committed neighbour who goes out of his or her way to bring a ray of sunshine to the “patch”. Consider adding an item or two to the Community Fridge outside Cabbagetown Organics.

So, what have we been up to lately, you ask? Read on. ~ The Cabbagetown BIA is collaborating with the Yonge Street Mission Double Take Thrift store. We’ll be helping to transform what was once the vintage and speciality items windows into a mini gallery of upcycled items from local artisans. Keep watching for the Double Take Studio! ~

November 10th is your BIA Annual General Meeting, presented virtually. All members of the Cabbagetown BIA are invited to attend and vote on the upcoming year of planned events, and the 2022 budget. ~

“Deck The Holidays” returns to bring you beautification of windows and to inspire you to shop local and to support local charities. Stay tuned to the Cabbagetown BIA for more information on this!

We are excited to announce a collaboration between indigenous artist Philip Cote and street art wall muralist Jarus Young. Plans are underway to implement a wall mural to commemorate the life of Dr. O, one of Canada’s first indigenous MDs. Stay tuned and keep your eyes on the entranceway to Dr. O laneway for the stunning results in the spring of 2022. The Cabbagetown BIA welcomes donations towards this remarkable project. Drop us a line to find out how you may contribute. ~

A Cabbagetown Streetscape Masterplan is well underway and after several months of consultation and input, we shall be preparing to host a community consultation on the plan later this autumn. This will be both virtually presented as well as through print media throughout the community.

Finally, the Cabbagetown BIA has invested time, energy and funds into improving the garden beds at the corner of Spruce and Parliament. To keep that momentum going, we invite you to donate to a Daffodil-”patch” initiative. Sponsor the daffodils by donating to the Cabbagetown BIA, or lend a hand to us later in the autumn during our bulb planting event. It’ll be fun, community building, and will have a stunning effect we may all enjoy in the springtime.

Be well!

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