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Say Something Nice to Your City

August 28, 2011

This week, I am overwhelmed with love for Toronto. Even though I’ve lived here for three years, I’m always quick to think of this city as cold and rushed and unfriendly. But this week I was proven wrong, many times over.

On Tuesday night, I spent over an hour wandering across Nathan Phillips Square reading the hundreds of chalk messages written to Jack Layton. I found a corner of cement and sat down to add my own message in pink chalk. On Wednesday morning it rained, and the messages were washed away…but by the time I returned on Friday evening there were hundreds more messages than there had been when I first visited. I had never thought of this city as capable of such an open outpouring of love, and for the first time I was so proud to live here.

I saw a different Toronto this week—a city of unity and compassion—and I want to know what Torontonians would say if we set up a megaphone in Nathan Phillips Square or Yonge-Dundas Square, like this one in New York City, with a sign that read Say Something Nice.

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