New FAQ, and some research on other cities

November 14, 2009

A couple of new pages are up:

FAQ on our neighbourhood

Residents around Queen/Beaconsfield have been working for months with the city to try and get regulations that address some of the concerns around the concentration of bars in our area. We’ve posted a new list of  Frequently-Asked Questions about this.

How bar concentration is handled in other cities

Sometimes it’s suggested that limiting the number of bars that can open in an area is in aomeway anti-urban or anti-nightlife. People who take this position often say “Don’t you want Toronto to be a vibrant exciting city?” and suggest that if you want to live somewhere where nightlife is regulated, you should move to a small town or a suburb.

We wanted to see how bar density is handled in other big cities, especially cities known for their nightlife. We did research on the three biggest cities in the US (New York, LA, Chicago), the two next-biggest cities in Canada (Montral and Vancouver) as well as London, Berlin, and San Francisco. What we found was:

In very big cities around the world, including cities that are world-famous for their nightlife, there are regulations that recognize that overstaturation of bars in an area is a problem, and that limit bar density.

Toronto has no such regulations, allowing an area to turn into a bar monoculture.

Read the research on bar concentration regulations in other cities.


Petition for moratorium on new bars

September 26, 2008

Over the past several weeks, neighbours have been working together to organize a petition to create a temporaty moratorium on new bars in the area (Queen St, from Dovercourt to Gladstone), during which time the city can do a study to figure out what needs to be done to reconcile bar concentration with the needs of neighbours. We have around 250 signatures so far, and will be presenting them soon to city council

You can read an FAQ about the petition here. (Portuguese version coming soon…)

Here’s the actual petition text:

We, the undersigned, are concerned about the numbers of bars on Queen West, in the area from Dovercourt to Gladstone. We believe the current concentration of bars makes it difficult for neighbours to enjoy their homes in peace, and contributes to problems including noise from patrons, loud music, vandalism, parking issues, and other problems. We believe it is not in the public interest to allow more bars in this area.

For these reasons, we request that the city pass an interim control bylaw, to create a temporary moratorium on new bars on Queen St from Dovercourt to Gladstone, and investigate long-term solutions to this serious and increasing problem.

Welcome to the QBRA blog

May 11, 2008

Welcome to the new blog for the Queen/Beaconsfield Residents Association!

We hope to use this blog to share information about issues related to how bars and neighbours get along, mostly in the West Queen West neighbourhood of Toronto, but also in the rest of the city.

The blog is brand new, so there’s not much here.

We’ve posted a short introduction to our group. We’ve also posted some tips about what you can do if you have problems with bars in your area. We hope to add more soon.