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Those who have read Jane Jacobs THE DEATH AND LIFE OF GREAT AMERICAN CITIES know that one of the main tactics the Robert Moseses use to destroy oppostion is to smear their opponents.

I have been called everything Jane Jacobs wrote about. If I am not, then I am damn near everything she wrote about. She spoke highly of me. Don’t take my word. Look at this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D7J2ch2Tec    .

 

 

The man in this  video posted ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJw6xFdCae0    ) once lived with me. In the video above he is seen posting street flyers smearing myself.

He has been doing everything he can to make my life Hell for a long time. I am not the only target of his vicious attacks as this story from Canada’s national newspaper of record makes clear: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/toronto-alternative-theatre-founder-stands-up-to-bullying-threats/article549053/ .

Yesterday he made a big mistake. He posted flyers for his “used bike sales” in front of a group of Toronto street couriers one of whom he had posted flyers smearing as a police informant as well as a person who was photographing women up their dresses without their being aware of it. This man had discovered that there is a contract to have him killed. Who paid for that contract?

Well, we don’t need to be a genius to figure that out though my Councilor Joe Cressy says it is none of his affair.

The thing about bike couriers is they are one helluva tough community. I would not want to piss them off. They don’t like bike thieves. They don’t like liars. They don’t like people who try to have members of their community murdered.

When the flyers smearing Dan first went up he had to beg Toronto’s bike couriers not to harm the man responsible for them for in harming him they would be harming innocent others.

Well, now Toronto’s bike couriers have seen the face of the liar. They have seen the face of the man who is willing to pay to have their friend murdered.

If that man is smart he will close his back alley used bike shop. He will get his ass as far from this city as he can get it.

He will do that because the wrath he tried to raise up against the innocent has now seen the guilty face of the author of that destruction.

The contract is now on his life. No one has to offer to pay a fee to carry it out. That is one thing about the people of the street. They don’t like it when one of their own becomes a target.

Just before Christmas a street person I had helped said, “I was offered $30 a week to tear down your posters, $100 to break your legs and $1,000 to kill you. The thing is, if I have been offered this others have.”

Yes, they probably have. There’s big money to be made posting street flyers but that is not why THE SUPREME COURT OF CANADA defended street postering. They defended street postering as FREEDOM OF SPEECH for people who can not afford to use main stream media.

That does not seem to mean much to the folk who get published in main stream media such as THE GLOBE AND MAIL, NOW magazine, THE NATIONAL POST, THE TORONTO STAR, THE TORONTO SUN, and THE CBC, CTV and the rest though it should.

It did mean a lot to Jane Jacobs who saw street posters as the newspaper of the street.

It does not mean much to our City Councilors like Joe Cressy and Mike Layton and our Mayor who are quick to honor Jane Jacobs with their lips but seem to be slow to put their feet where she could be counted on to put hers.

“My mother loved you,” her son James has told me over and over when we meet. Here is James Jacobs speaking about what I mean to his family:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddBrLu0619I&t=174s   .

Meanwhile Joe Cressy, Mike Layton, our Mayor John Tory are looking the other way while people like myself, members of our bike courier community and others are being smeared on our streets and have offers of money being paid to end our lives.

Yeah, this is some city we live in.

There doesn’t seem to be much creativity at the top. It seems to me that Toronto has a split personality, a civic schizophrenia. On one level there is the spirit of individuals and small groups who do things…what you might call the vernacular spirit. This is all very informal, ingenious, quite romantic and full of fun, a great deal of fun. It seems to me that the official spirit of Toronto is stamp out fun. It’s pompous, impressed with mediocrity if its very, very big and expensive,”–Jane Jacobs   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUO20–hXw8       .

 

“There is a quality even meaner than outright ugliness or disorder, and this meaner quality is the dishonest mask of pretended order, achieved by ignoring or suppressing the real order that is struggling to exist and to be served.”
― Jane JacobsThe Death and Life of Great American Cities

Yes, there is a meanness at the top of this city.

It’s more than time to put an end to it.

That would make Jane proud. It is doing right by her memory.

I’m building a Jane Jacobs Toronto. Join me. If you’re one of those who can come up with a reason not to join me you’re no friend of Jane Jacobs. She taught me that when we make the excuse that allows ourselves to walk on by we die.

–Reg Hartt

9/23/2018.

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