“The Annex Residents’ Association . . . seems to exist primarily to give people an outlet to oppose home renovations they don’t think are Annexy enough. . .
Throughout its history, it has opposed much that ultimately made Jane Jacobs and much of the rest of the city such fans of the neighbourhood . . .
They’ve done benevolent things as well — they conduct walks and plant flowers in local gardens — but they are, like most such organizations, an essentially conservative force.
Associations like this abound across the city and . . . their members often behave in ways that are self-serving and small minded.”
– Archer, Bert. “Teaching the City of No to say yes.” Local Motion: The Art of Civic Engagement in Toronto. Ed. Meslin, Palassio & Wilcox. Toronto: Coach House Books, 2010. 14-29.