"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Gingerbread,apple sauce and whipped cream

I went to the barbecue at the United Church site yesterday. It was a cheerful gathering with music and friends

It was great to see people on the sidewalks of Yonge Street . A fire pumper was there and firefighters.
It reminded me of the annual buggy race down Tyler Street hill the volunteers organised .

It stopped when there were  so many kids and buggies the race  became hazardous.

I think it would be nice if the Farmers Market moved over and had a pumpkin sale on Yonge Street for Halloween.

I  scooted up to Wellington Street . Stopped in at the paint and wallpaper shop. It really is a beautiful little store.

I think we might be having the same problem we had years ago with commuters leaving cars in available parking spaces while at work in the city all day.

Carried on up to the  traffic lights and discovered why Gabriel's Cafe is never open when I'm there.
It' s only open for lunch trade.And for reservations.

Further on the sidewalk was utterly disgusting

It was a special day.

The community was invited.

They came.

I can not believe  a business on Yonge Street would be so disconnected  as to be so gross.

I crossed at the lights, scooted south and turned  east at Mosely and south at Wells.

Last time and the time before in almost the same area ,I stopped to chat and the unmistakable aroma of gingerbread baking wafted around me.

I suppose it's possible that freshly-baked still -warm  gingerbread with apple sauce and whipped cream might be the traditional Saturday evening desert in the same neighbourhood.

Or maybe Saturday was Scanlon's day...all day...to bake gingerbread.


Anonymous said...

Thank you. It was a lovely get-together. The side streets were jammed with cars. And the foot traffic was fun to watch too.

Anonymous said...

In most European cities, there is a central parking area from which you can walk to do most of your shopping. Buses bring in those from the further areas who might not have vehicles. Aurora has neglected the parking part of an active town core. There is space available. A parking garage need not be exclusive. It could contain or be adjacent to other useful structures.

Anonymous said...


Unfortunitly, we are not a European city.

North American urban design has thrown out the concept of a downtown in favour of malls and strip plazas.

I hear those running for office talking about parking in the downtown core, but what they fail to see is the fact you need to have a reason to go there in the first place.

Unless, you need to go to a bank, lawyer or orthodontist, there is very little to drag anyone to the downtown.

I realize that there has been a few new ventures but their success is yet to be proven.

Anonymous said...

"Unless, you need to go to a bank, lawyer or orthodontist, there is very little to drag anyone to the downtown."

Library, Cultural Centre, Farmers' Market, Concerts in the Park, downtown merchants, restaurants, churches, heritage neighbourhoods, etc.

Yeah, not much...

Anonymous said...


Be HONEST... how many of the "downtown merchants" do you patronize?

Library - has it's own parking area.

Cultural Centre - same

Farmers' Market - hardly in downtown - I park closer to GO station

Concerts in the park - same as Market

Restaurants - only patronize 1 or 2 - they are too expensive for middle of the road food - trying to be "downtown Toronto" but under achieving

Churches - sorry I'm a Druid

Heritage neighbourhoods - you're kidding right?

Anonymous said...

Wow…Just realized with your list 7:52, that’s a whole lot of money that the Town invests in the down Town core already.

Anonymous said...

Actually, 13:23, it was 14:50's list of "historic core" (emphasis on core) attractions. It was in response to a stupid reference about "...very little to drag anyone to the downtown."

BTW, no one mentioned anything about parking, 07:52.

Anonymous said...

BTW 16:59

The poster at 18:34 said "Aurora has neglected the parking part of an active town core". And then goes to talk about a parking garage.

But you're right, no one mentioned anything about parking.

Anonymous said...

Whatever the list was intended for reference, it can also be a list to reference the whack of money the Town has been and continues to put into the area.