As Toronto’s population grows, we must ensure that our urban parks, plazas and squares are publicly-accessible. That’s why I’m pleased that City Planning is moving forward with my initiative to help protect and promote Toronto’s privately owned publicly-accessible spaces (POPS) that have been secured by the City of Toronto for your use. There are dozens of POPS throughout the Midtown and Downtown areas that are poorly used. Clear signage at the entrance to open spaces – along with an interactive, online map – let people know they have the same right to relax, eat their lunch or read in that space as they would at any City park. Thanks to this initiative, you’ll most likely see a new POPS sign at a creative open space in your neighbourhood soon.