With thousands of residents in Liberty Village in such close proximity there are some basic tips we should all consider so we can all live more harmoniously in our community. While none of these tips may be anything new, let them serve as friendly reminders. In our busy and crazy lives, sometimes the smallest and simplest things can be overlooked but if done regularly can make the world of a difference.
Join the LVRA
The LVRA (Liberty Village Residents’ Association) is a Facebook Group that is 10000+ members strong and is constantly growing. It serves as an open forum for anything and everything Liberty Village. Need advice on how to something? Had a great experience at a local restaurant? Share all of these things and more! The group was founded by Todd Hofley, and is noted a the largest Residents Association in North America (maybe even the world?)
See Something? Say Something!
As much as we would like to believe that everything is perfect and crime free, there are unfortunate incidents that occur from time to time. Please report emergency and non-emergency incidents, crimes and observations. Our local police division is 14 Division. We are lucky to have a fantastic Community Staff Sergeant, Tam Bui. Incidents can be reported here, or by calling 416-808-1400.
Shop and Dine Locally
Where possible, support our local Liberty Village stores, restaurants and services. The money that is spent in the community, stays in the community. It provides jobs for some of our residents. It also supports the local talents, skills and hard work of many great people here in Liberty Village. Many of our businesses buy from other small local businesses creating a unique ecosystem benefiting all in the area.
Pick Up After Yourself and Your Pet
As children we were taught to pick up our toys and put them away, likewise with our garbage, But sometimes, many adults forget this seemingly very basic step. The City of Toronto does provide some garbage and recycling pickups from the public receptacles and minimal street cleaning. Too many times we see garbage scattered throughout the park and on the sidewalks. And dog poo. That is never fun to step in. Please put your trash in a garbage bin or dispose of it in your home.
Be and Aware Pedestrian, Cyclist and Driver
Admit it, we are all guilty of some shape or form of being too lax in our awareness and even judgement for a moment or two when we are out walking, cycling or driving. No one is perfect, but it is important to keep a heads up, literally, no matter what mode of transportation we are using. Please don’t text with your head down. You are endangering yourself and others (remember it is illegal to be texting and driving). Jaywalking happens way too often, not only in Liberty Village but in the majority of Toronto. It is important for cyclists and pedestrians to obey their rules of the road (and thank you to those that do), as well as drivers. We all need to respect one another to ensure safety for all.
Get to Know Your Neighbour
Just like the good old days when people usually knew everyone on their street, make an effort know everyone who lives on your floor or at least on either side of you and across the hall. It acts as a safety measure and could also prove to be very useful. It is incredible the skills, talent and knowledge people have that often goes unnoticed. You never know who might be able to help you with that leaky faucet, or who might have an extra egg for that recipe you are trying to perfect.
What are some other good tops or reminders we should share? Better yet, we would love to know some stories of neighbours helping one another in the comments below!