Toronto’s Gayborhood Trying to Beautify Streets With Pole Wraps

Pole Wraps in Toronto's GayborhoodThe Church Wellesley Village Business Improvement Area (BIA) is getting closer to banishing posters from nearly all poles on Church Street in Toronto’s gay village.

BIA manager David Wootton says a test pole, just south of Dundonald Street, is now covered with eight-foot-high wrapping. He hopes to eventually cover every pole on the street.

The BIA has previously told Xtra that some residents have complained about the posters and requested that the BIA “clean up the street.”

For years, posters have been used to advertise community meetings, demonstrations, dance parties and other local events. But in recent years, there has been a push by the BIA to relegate posters to designated community postering boards. Some community activists and club promoters have expressed concern about the plan, arguing that preventing people from advertising community events limits freedom of expression and creates barriers for community organizing.

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