You Are a Somebody – Making a Better City

The Bottle Garden at Rotary Shelter House is going strong! Innovative ideas helping feed people.
The Bottle Garden at Rotary Shelter House is going strong! Innovative ideas helping feed people.

Boots on the ground results
Cleaner, Greener, and more beautiful!

THUNDER BAY – Editorial – If you want to live in a better Thunder Bay, do it! Simply put, there are growing numbers of people in our city who are no longer waiting for the proverbial somebody to do something. They are realizing that they are a somebody too. Taking the bull by the horns is something that really makes a difference.

Somebody makes a better city!

Street Art
Before and after – Graffiti be gone and replaced by street art
Wolf Daughter Designs has stepped up. The Hummingbird Street Art located on North St, off of Victoria Avenue East, has taken the bull by the horns and cleaned up an unsightly mess.

Cleaning up Thunder Bay

Wolf Daughter Designs shares, “Over a year ago between March and April of 2012, the City of Thunder Bay put a lot of money into an Anti-Graffiti Squad. They put money into advertising this and asking locals to report graffiti”. 

“Well, this ugly devil face and the word destruction still remained on this building close to where I work, a year after the City said they would be cracking down on graffiti. I know cops walk this beat every day and check the parking lots nearby, but I guess they didn’t bother reporting it”. 

Editor’s note: It would not be the police who are responsible for reporting graffiti but rather the City By-Law Enforcement.

“It was apparent that the City wasn’t going to remove this, so I decided to cover it up. Behold, a beautiful hummingbird where there was once ugliness. I might go back and make the flowers bigger. Enjoy, Thunder Bay!”

There are lots of projects like this starting to happen all over Thunder Bay. 
There are efforts underway at many places across the city, where there are messes that need attention. 
Often it appears there are areas left messy either through a lack of understanding, or a lack of knowledge on what works to keep an area looking better. At the old CIBC Bank on Victoria Avenue East, an Urban Greenscapes project has seen flowers and trees planted, and the area remains neat and tidy.
At Shelter House the gardening project has brightened the days for people, and as an added benefit, there is a healthy crop of fresh lettuce, fresh chives and herbs growing there. The yard is kept up, often with the residents chipping in their time to help.
Rotary Shelter House
The Bottle Garden at Rotary Shelter House is going strong!

Not everything is as cheery.

Clean up
Just off Fort William Road, on City property.

In early June, Thunder Bay Police shared that they were cleaning up a mess just off Fort William Road. However the amount of trash and litter left behind after that reported clean up is quite extensive. It is also not a month’s worth of litter! These pictures were taken two weeks ago. The mess remains. It is city property, so the responsibility should fall to By-Law Enforcement to act.

In the downtown south core, there are lots of efforts ongoing. However there is still lots of work that needs to be done. 

Thunder Bay Dirty Secret
Thunder Bay’s Dirty Secrets – a backlane that is obviously a campsite in the downtown.

This ‘Dirty Little Secret’ is a block from the site where the new court house will be located. 

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