NIMBY Toronto: Everywhere is someone’s backyard


Back in June, I wrote a column making fun of many of the busybody neighbourhood complaints that make the news, ones I characterized as “petty, whiny jerkiness.”

Exhibit A in that argument was the Cabbagetown fight against a local park splash pad, which some neighbours quoted in press reports imagined as a “Disneyland of Waterworks.” The ne plus ultra of entitled whining in that case was the complaint that the umbrella over the splash pad was to be blue, which “isn’t even a heritage colour,” according to one resident.

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