Depave Paradise & Liberate a Parking Lot
The Point, March 17th, 2017
story: Anne Vallentin
Joni Mitchell’s famous song, “they paved paradise and put up a parking lot,” has been playing in my ears since learning of this exciting project coming to our neighbourhood.
In fall of 2016, Kathleen Livingston of the Homeside Hub Neighbourhood Development Team heard of the DePave Paradise Program through her connection with the Randle Reef Community Liaison Committee, where Laura Anderson of Green Venture spoke on the subject of the program. Looking at her neighbourhood, Kathleen had identified the fenced parking lot of the historic Holy Family Church/Our Lady of Vietnam at the corner of Kenilworth Avenue North and Britannia Avenue as a perfect spot to “depave”.