Journalist John Lorinc and planner Cheryll Case

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Annex Residents’ Association is a week and a half away, and members are going to get a sneak preview of a book that many people will soon be talking about.

Journalist John Lorinc and planner Cheryll Case have collaborated on a new book, House Divided – How the Missing Middle willsolve Toronto’s Affordability Crisis, a citizen's guide for changing the way housing can work in big cities, is being published in June by Coach House Books. Using Toronto as a case study, the anthology unpacks the affordability crisis and offers innovative ideas for creating housing for all ages and demographic groups.

Lorinc and Case will be talking about their book’s findings at this year’s AGM, and the affordability crisis in general. ARA Members will also hear from our new councillor, Mike Layton, and elect the ARA’s new Board of Directors. See the full Agenda.

Date: April 25th

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Place: Friends Meeting House

60 Lowther Ave. (just west of Bedford Rd.)

As a special offer for ARA members, Coach House Books is offering a special discount for pre-orders of the book. When ordering House Divided before the publication date of June 20th, enter DIVIDED as the couponcode and you will receive 20% off the purchase price.

Meet N Eat

Finding excuses to get together can be tough, so we made one easy for you. Join your neighbours and friends every month as we check out another of the superb restaurants in our neighborhood. Our aim is to eat our way through all the various delicious menus our neighbourhood has to offer and make new friends while we are at it.

Our May Meet N Eat will be on Thursday May 2 at MoOng Sushi at 270 Dupont St. Please RSVP so we can make an appropriate reservation!

As with all Meet N Eats, you have to cover the cost of your own bill.

Monitoring Development Projects in the Annex

The ARA has updated its Development Portal, to keep track of all the on-going development projects in the Annex.

ARA Chair David Harrison says the Development Portal tracks all the major developments in the Annex, as well as applications to the Committee of Adjustment. “By clicking on a dot on the map, residents will be able to get more information about the project, including its size and design, the developer and where it is in the City’s planning process.”

Urban planner and ARA Board member Edward Leman spearheaded thedevelopment of the Development Portal. “Our aim is to make the information about local development projects easily available to residents. We believe that will lead to more stable relationships between residents, developers and City Hall.”