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The Murals of Leslieville

- Elicar - Sunday, April 6th, 2008 : goo

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The murals at Leslieville all have something in common: Graffiti Transformation Fund, Mural Program, Grant Thornton Centre.

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Both the Graffiti Transfomation and Mural Program fall under Neighbourhood Improvement Grants given by the City of Toronto.

"Graffiti Transformation
Employs youth for removing graffiti and replacing it with murals, through grants to community organizations.

Mural Program
Business associations, including community groups that include strong business participation, can receive one-time funding for street banners or wall mural projects that help promote a local theme and facilitate commercial neighbourhood identity." www.toronto.ca/grants/grants_directory.htm#neighbourhood

Ralph Thorton Centre on the other hand, is a centre established in 1980 with a "primary purpose of having a supportive environment in which the Riverdale community responds to issues and needs." www.ralphthornton.org/aboutus_files/aboutus.htmlIt occupies an old post office building on Queen Street Street just east of Broadview vacated in 1975.

This is the Ralph Thorton Centre

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And here are some of the murals

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Under this bridge in Riverdale is also a result of the Ralph Thornton Mural Project

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SCAM28: There need to be more programs like these....

firecraker: 7th Apr 2008 - 17:08 GMT

why is "gtf" crossed out in the second mural?

Jamie: 19th May 2008 - 15:59 GMT

Mural schemes suck more often than not, but most of these are pretty good. Nice photos. Thanks for sharing them

@Picky Lurker: I wouldn't like to speculate on any "view fixing". Sometimes posts can accrue lots of views without collecting many comments. This most often happens when something randomly scores highly in search engines for a completely unrelated search term. Lots of visitors flood in. Then leave, but still positively affect that posts popularity.

The entire concept of popularity is something i've been looking at re-doing for a long long time, and very soon, you will start to see some very different behaviour when it comes to the popular lists. Hopefully it will be a much more accurate depiction of what's popular and much more difficult to subvert.

Alex: 30th Apr 2009 - 21:00 GMT

I would like to point out that the mural with Alexander Muir has now been destroyed, by some smart ass painting him up like Heath Ledger's joker.

Matt: 20th May 2010 - 13:22 GMT

The murals have really added some interesting features to the 'hood. My faves are the robots and the creatures on the bridges. Both the bridge by Bonjour Brioche and the one by the LCBO on Gerrard were visually dead and now are so alive. I hope to see more murals up in the area. I have noticed the thought and quality of them is improving and that's a bonus.

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