Wednesday, July 11, 2007

It's People Who Make a City

With the passing of Ed Mirvish today, it's interesting to reflect on just how much of an impact one life can have on a city. Ed is of course famous for Honest Ed's, a bargain emporium that he started by going to every estate and fire sale he could find and cleaning them out. He then sold these goods at bargain prices. He could have opened a luxury store in TO, but having previously experienced pretty tough times, he was all about helping those who needed help. Free turkeys at Christmas had people lined up for hours. Without Ed, they'd likely have no turkey.

Of course, he also purchased the Royal Alex, which was slated for demolition and went on to revive the theatre district and industry in TO.

All of this simply sounds like a nice eulogy, but it's really much more. He filled a niche that no one else was prepared to fill. He made a difference for those who find it tough to get ahead, no matter how much they work. He brought revenue to a city that needed it, by thinking outside of conventional wisdom. He did much more than this of course, but suffice it to say, he lived a life that really made a difference.

I think of the people who made Toronto their home and I'd say we've been pretty privileged. Jane Jacobs, June Callwood, Ed Mirvish, to name just a few. We are poorer for their loss.

I know it's fashionable to bash TO, but I've lived here a long time. All cities have problems, TO, no exception, but there is an awful lot to like too, not the least of which, are the people who care about it.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi

I just saw this bit of information in the NATIONAL POST:

In the Environics Research Group poll, the Conservatives had 37% support; the Liberals 28; NDP 17; Greens 11 and Bloc Quebecois slipping to 7.

This also While Harper's approval rating has slipped across the country to 48%, it's lowest level since his election and the first time Environics has seen it below 50%, Liberal Leader Stephane Dion hasn't been able to capitalize. Only 16% of Canadians see him as the best choice for PM, compared with 36% for Harper and 20% for Layton.


John

knb said...

Yes John, I saw this poll this afternoon.

Sadly, you chose this post, about a man that made a difference, to push your politic's.

There does come a time, when you put politic's aside.

This man did so much here and he died today.

Could you maybe direct your point on another thread.

Anonymous said...

I know this but i had no place to put it this was the only new post. Tomorrow
would have been old news.

John

knb said...

Not in this city my friend...no not here.

Red Canuck said...

John - I know this but i had no place to put it this was the only new post.

You could have put it on, say, your own blog, instead of hijacking KNB's tribute to Honest Ed with a bunch of off-topic political stuff. Failing that, I can also think a few other places you could have "put it", but out of respect for Ed, I'll keep those suggestions to myself.

KNB, you're quite right. Ed was a showman, but he really did a lot for the people and the city of Toronto. He will be missed.

Anonymous said...

Red i don't have a blog.

John

knb said...

Thanks RC.

Red Canuck said...

Red i don't have a blog.

I know, John. That was the point.

Anonymous said...

Everyone i know i was wrong to put this article
here and I'M A BIG MAN TO ADMIT WHEN I'M WRONG SORRY,
SORRY,SORRY. But RED you don't have to be RUDE about
it also.

John