Our walk took us through the new Regent Park. Regent Park has been Toronto's "projects," and has been under a renovation and revitalization over the past few years. They have added through-streets, changed low level housing full of subsidized tenants to mixed housing (rented, subsidized and owned condos), and built other buildings to support the community here. There is a pool facility (Regent Park Aquatic Centre), which has been there for a few years. But tonight we could see many people using the new Regent Park Community Centre through the big windows there (it looked so great, I came home and Googled it to see what's being offered). There were several outdoor spaces with play structures for kids, benches for the community to gather at, and areas were well-lit. It wasn't just a bunch of teens hanging out, either. There were women and men of all ages sitting outside on this warm night visiting. I felt very safe, which was a most pleasant surprise to me.
Our meander then took us back up through Cabbagetown, which is where we live. It was a beautiful evening walk, and I'm grateful for the diverse and interesting corner of Toronto I get to live in.