Did you know that the City of Toronto is making pedestrian-focused design a key part of new developments in the city?
This approach is very different from the 1950s when suburban areas like Etobicoke were developed with the automobile in mind. Chief City Planner, Jennifer Keesmaat, believes that cities should be designed for people and not for cars. For years Keesmaat has been a proponent of getting kids to walk to school. And she cycles all over the city to get her job done collaborating with city departments, councillors and educating the public. In her efforts to design what she calls, “complete communities”, pedestrians take precedence.
By championing a BIA web HUB for Janes walk, the Village of Islington promotes walkability in the city. So far five BIAs including Riverside, Dundas West, Little Portugal, Toronto Financial District and the Village of Islington
BIAs participating in this city-wide event from May 6th to the 8th, 2016 believes in the core values of Janes walk “citizen-led walking tours towards community-based city building”.
Village of Islington sponsor Jane’s walk
12 years after opening a suicide barrier spanning
Toronto’s Don Valley
is illuminated with a rainbow of colour
For walkers, cyclists and drivers on Toronto’s Prince Edward Viaduct at dusk, the only colour comes from the pink-streaked western sky. Then, 25 minutes after sundown, a score of lights appears at the top of the viaduct’s suicide barrier, bathing the steel strings that rise from the bridge, the stony balustrade and the sidewalk in mauves, blues, oranges, pinks and reds. Gradually the whole bridge is illuminated, but fitfully and unpredictably: the colours change, splashing over the strings, retreating, returning to ripple in another place. It’s as if a celestial harpist is meditatively playing a huge instrument, thinking as he goes about the location and the nature of the next subtle effect.
TABIA Presentation to the Economic Development Committee
At the October meeting of this committee, Counsellor Kelly commented that the 21st century is one of economic competition among cities. I thought that was entirely a propos of what I will be saying today. And I don’t think that I am letting the cat out of the bag when I say that Ontario is having difficulty attracting industry to the Province, or even keeping what we have, and it’s even more difficult to attract it to Toronto. For business, the deterrents are mostly cost and regulation. Aside from trying to minimize its regulatory regime, there is not a whole lot that a municipality can do to overcome those deterrents, but there are areas where a municipality can wield significant influence. For most businesses the most important area is property tax. Read more