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Dundas Square – worst of both worlds

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The City of Toronto has agreed to start paying the operating costs of Dundas Square – including those security guards – but the space is still controlled by a private board. So now we have the worst of both worlds – the public pays for it, but it’s not public space.

Howard Moscoe sums up the absurdity nicely:

“The square is very, very tightly controlled,” he says. “City vendors, who are licensed by the city, can’t even touch it. [The board] has all its rules, they’ve got all the power, and yet the city’s picking up the bill — for one of the wealthiest BIAs in the city. If it’s going to be a public square, turn it over to the city and let it be run like a public square.”

Read all about it in NOW magazine.