As the holiday season gets into full swing and Toronto welcomes more visitors during the festive period, Mayor John Tory launched an initiative Saturday to ensure the core of the city puts it’s best foot forward.
Tory said a “clean sweep blitz” begins immediately in the Yonge-Dundas neighbourhood – a coordinated “cleanup and caring effort” involving multiple city divisions to spruce up what he called “the heart of the city.”
But it’s not just about cosmetic cleansing; along with increased street and laneway cleaning in the area there will also be increased police foot patrols focused on community safety and more outreach to vulnerable people to get them help. The blitz will run for a month, after which the project will be assessed to determine next steps.
The idea for the cleanup blitz came after Tory met with the Yonge Street B-I-A and representatives from Ryerson University who expressed concerns over increased litter, and a growing homeless population in the area.
Tory told reporters that while efforts need to be made across the city to ensure it is clean and welcoming, some areas require a bit of extra attention and effort.
“Whether you live in this downtown area or are just visiting from another part of the city or out of town, I want everyone to have a good experience in downtown Toronto,” he said.