Is there anything wrong with being a NIMBY? Are there some changes that shouldn’t be made to some neighbourhoods? Should homeless shelters be kept out of wealthy areas of Toronto because of the harm they could do to the picturesque streets and the disruption they could cause to comfortable living?
Residents in Leaside are still fuming after Raising the Roof, a charity dedicated to ending homelessness, began building a fake homeless shelter in Toronto’s well-to-do area of Leaside.
It was revealed that a homeless shelter was not moving into the the busy area that is home to some of the city’s wealthiest residents and the most upscale stores in the city; it was an ‘installation’ designed to raise awareness about homelessness.
Do you think this was an unfair tactic designed to make Leaside residents feel guilty? Do you blame them for being angry? Would YOU want a shelter opened in your backyard?
Here’s the video that Raising the Roof has released showing residents’ reactions, and featuring real phone calls made by residents (although actors have been used to protect the identities of those who did call and leave a voicemail):