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  • LORINC: I come to bury the Gardiner, not to praise it - Spacing Toronto
    man So are they all all honourable men and women Come I to speak at Gardiner s funeral It was my road faithful and fast for me But Tory says it was congested And Tory is an honourable man It hath brought many suburbanites from home to work Whose salaries did the general coffers fill Did this in Gardiner seem ambitious Yet when the commuters did commute Gardiner hath crumbled Highways should be made of sterner stuff Yet Tory says it was congested And Tory is an honourable man You all did see that on the DVP I thrice presented him a special HOV lane Which it did thrice refuse was this congestion Yet Tory says it was congested And sure he is an honourable man I speak not to disprove what Tory spoke But here I am to speak what I do know You all did drive it once not without cause What cause withholds you then to mourn for it O judgement thou art fled to leftist beasts And men have lost their reason Bear with me My heart is on the boulevard instead of the Gardiner And I must pause till it come back to me Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts LORINC We were promised Tory The Consensus Builder LORINC Tory needs to use new traffic data to fight congestion Why the Gardiner East terms of reference matters a lot GARDINER EAST Using the rail corridor to crack the highway riddle Tweet More posts by John Lorinc 2 comments Neither the author nor Spacing necessarily agrees with posted comments Spacing reserves the right to edit or delete comments entirely See our Comment Policy Insert Real Name 5 months ago Excellent I will be waiting for your take on Hamlet s

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  • Why the Gardiner East terms of reference matters, a lot - Spacing Toronto
    dovetails in any way with the ToR s sustainability goal In any event when Rob Ford arrived in our civic lives Waterfront Toronto officials hastily shoved the EA into a suburban storage locker which is where it stayed until he lost his ability to control a winning block of council votes The staff report to be debated this week contains but the faintest echoes of the ToR document which frames the entire process Noting that the hybrid has emerged as a strong and viable option the report implicitly posits a false dichotomy in its bid to force a resolution from council the Gardiner East EA decision comes down to addressing two very important priorities traffic congestion and city building By the way that hot button word congestion appears no fewer than 17 times in the staff report It doesn t appear once in the original ToR For the six months following this week s vote assuming no deferral staff will refine the alternative designs and absorb more feedback from the public The draft EA will be submitted to the province by year end and specifically to the current minister of the environment Glen Murray His officials will spend the better part of 2016 trawling through the whole file analyzing the technical elements the financial estimates and the public s feedback If ministry officials don t think the City Waterfront Toronto took into account considerations that turn up in this further round of consultations and analysis they can go back to the proponents and ask for more Ultimately Murray s staff and MoE analysts must measure the draft EA and the preferred option against the original terms of reference It s by no means a precise science there s no scoring or quantitative evaluation one against the other The point is provincial officials must exercise their best analytical judgment and then the minister must make a political choice in approving or rejecting the preferred option Which brings me to the set of voices in this debate that have been conspicuously silent Yes the federal Liberal GTA caucus including right wingers like John MacKay released a joint letter last week backing the boulevard option Much less clear is where Kathleen Wynne s Liberals stand They are of course playing their cards close to the vest But there are two key details in this whole debate that should offer clues about how Queen s Park may be approaching the Gardiner showdown and the hybrid in particular One is that Wynne has clearly placed a great big bet on the environment as her signature achievement legacy There s the multi billion investment in transit expansion the climate advocacy the alliance with Quebec on a cap and trade system etc Instead of touting highway expansion projects she made Murray her climate change minister Second is that the hybrid a new highway after all not only represents a move in the opposite direction it also soaks up a vast amount of scarce capital that could be

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  • LORINC: Can there be a Kumbaya moment for the Gardiner? - Spacing Toronto
    will figure out how to grow into this challenged landscape Eventually desultory low rise buildings may yield to better buildings which will beget streetscape improvements and perhaps even lane reductions But the trade off from where I sit seems to be more than worth the price an unobstructed Keating continuous residential recreational development along the waterfront where it belongs and lower capital costs that allow the city to spend on other things Kumbaya redux Who knows But in a tough city building contest in which so much is at stake I d say that a broadly supported compromise is preferable to a narrow and divisive victory photo by Brendan Lynch Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts LORINC We were promised Tory The Consensus Builder Why the Gardiner East terms of reference matters a lot GARDINER EAST Using the rail corridor to crack the highway riddle Gardiner East Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Megacity Tweet More posts by John Lorinc 12 comments Neither the author nor Spacing necessarily agrees with posted comments Spacing reserves the right to edit or delete comments entirely See our Comment Policy Moaz Ahmad 6 months ago So the councilor basically wants to build a stroad rather than a boulevard Because the big box complexes at Leslie Lakeshore and St Clair Weston and why don t we add Mississauga City Centre have been great additions to the urban cityscape Sarcasm Cheers Moaz Ron Jenkins 6 months ago How about the Boulevard option with tolls targeted to building mass transit in that corridor shrinking the boulevard over time Capacity would increase and travel times would decrease again over time That would forward looking to the day when fewer people drive Cindy Wilkey 6 months ago Nice piece on the possibility of compromise here It is useful to look at the Waterfront Toronto Keating Channel precinct plan to get an idea of how the build out of this area is conceptualized http www waterfrontoronto ca explore projects2 lower don lands keating channel neighbourhood Consistent with what Shelley Carroll s newsletter said the eastern part of the Keating Channel precinct is seen as supporting mainly commercial and retail development see pp 44 and 45 The development parcels in this area are city owned and in addition to returning sale and tax revenues to the city they will act as a gateway and bridge to the Port Lands and to First Gulf Unilever site strengthening the development potential by strengthening the connection to the city Interestingly the Keating Precinct Plan although developed with a Gardiner up scenario is set up to be easily adapted to a reconfiguration of space in a Gardiner remove scenario Although it did not contemplate the kind of damage the Hybrid would inflict by introducing even more road and ramp infrastructure including along the north edge of the Keating Channel In sale revenues alone the Gardiner remove option would return over 100million more than the hybrid

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/2015/05/25/lorinc-can-kumbaya-moment-gardiner/ (2015-11-16)
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  • Shredding paper is adding time to your commute - Spacing Toronto
    t a 150 parking ticket fine is just the price of business for these shredding companies Towing is easily avoidable if there s a second driver so enforcement or not mobile shredders might just continue blocking roads if it s convenient for them and their clients and if they don t have other options If they want to continue to violate by laws we can increase the fines again says Stephen Buckley Toronto s general manager of transportation services We can take it up to 300 and they can see if they want to incorporate that in the cost of doing business as well It s illegal behaviour and it will be enforced Banning the shredding trucks from the roads altogether isn t an option Buckley adds because it would be illegal to prohibit certain classes of vehicles Cordick says that a higher parking ticket fee would be billed to their clients who would have to choose between paying the fine or paying extra hourly rates for the truck to take the documents to an off site facility I think most big companies would say you know what The 200 ticket is better than the three extra hours of charges he says Grant Humes of the Financial District BIA says that shredding trucks have emerged as a necessary tool for many businesses in the area Mobile shredders destroy on site confidential documents that companies can t risk being intercepted People have such sensitivity around privacy the shredding is really important The trucks are a new phenomenon They ve only been around for the last 15 years says Humes Many buildings used to have their own shredding facilities but over the years the service was outsourced to companies like AMJ Shredding and Shred it he says Brookfield Place on Bay Street still offers a confidential shredding service where tenants can hand in their documents to building facilities after which it is delivered to an off site location to be destroyed For the many businesses in the downtown core however the trucks are convenient While several clients allow companies to move their trucks to side streets to avoid blocking arterial roads Cordick says that some demand the shredding happen right at their doorstep causing traffic back up If you do a one time shred for a law firm they absolutely might want to see it get shredded he says If there are several years worth of documents to be destroyed shredding could take days with the truck having to stay in place for up to eight to ten hours per day If they aren t required to set up shop right in front of say the entrance to a skyscraper on Wellington shredding companies may have other options The City has expanded its courier loading zones from 13 to 40 in a pilot project These are side streets around the city on which courier trucks and shredding trucks if they re willing would be able to park without impeding traffic on arterial

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/toronto/2015/05/19/shredding-paper-is-adding-time-to-your-commute/ (2015-11-16)
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  • LORINC: Tearing down Gardiner East is all in the numbers - Spacing Toronto
    at worst highly misleading Herein lies the mischief in the staff report heading toward a council like a runaway train it will be debated and presumably approved at the public works and infrastructure committee on Wednesday Council according to the report can make a choice between two options Remove the Gardiner east of Jarvis on the basis of greater emphasis on the EA urban design environment and economics study lenses or Hybrid on the basis of greater emphasis on the EA transportation and infrastructure study lens It s a false dichotomy because the case for the far more costly hybrid option is built on a marshy foundation of statistically insignificant guesses about improvements in travel times compared to the remove option Council of course can t make a decision in an analytical vacuum although god knows it happens often enough In this case however the analysis is hidden in plain view more than half a century of urban design and planning experience as opposed to prediction has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that highways and vibrant downtowns simply do not mix In a surprising spasm of self awareness council under David Miller drove a stake through the heart of Metro s last remaining downtown highway project the Front Street Extension Apparently and ironically we have since unlearned those lessons even as a growing number of forward looking international cities including of all places Houston which is now debating the removal of an extended elevated highway have re discovered why Jane Jacobs is still right so many years later So let s be perfectly clear about what confronts council in the next few weeks It s not as the staff report claims a matter of selecting between comparably compelling options each with strengths and weaknesses Rather the remove hybrid vote is a stark choice between certainty and guesswork successful urban planning and failed transportation planning the city s future and the city s past The Gardiner vote is about many things but a tiny and ultimately fictitious slice of time saved from door to desk isn t one of them photo by Ashton Pal Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts Why the Gardiner East terms of reference matters a lot Remember the greenhouse gases LORINC We were promised Tory The Consensus Builder Weighing In Fat Discrimination on Public Transit Tweet More posts by John Lorinc 20 comments Neither the author nor Spacing necessarily agrees with posted comments Spacing reserves the right to edit or delete comments entirely See our Comment Policy Bob Brent 6 months ago John s article hits home for me a very analytical career consumer marketer and former TTC CMO who believes GTA Transportation decision makers have utterly and deliberately failed to educate the public on the accuracy of their transportation metrics such as trip times public transit rides and the algorithms estimates models samples projections behind them that the general public takes as the gospel truth without realizing the huge margin of error standard deviation embedded in them And yet we by which I mean city officials politicians and a gullible math phobic public insist on treating these super precise time projections as fact This lack of analytic rigour has caused common sense to be ignored planning operational mistakes to be repeated by each new generation of both political expert staff decision makers who fail to learn history s past mistakes It s replaced by all sorts of facile spin strategic communications that are debunked with the most cursory of analytic examination but are tolerated as long as they convince the general public to support the desired political outcomes John writes Civic Action in a well intentioned but misleading gesture sought to whip up support for more transit investment with the Your 32 campaign Why is it misleading Well the reason the GTA has congestion has very little to do with the amount of public transit ridership but is correlated to population car growth on static roads The spin is that if only we invested more money in public transit traffic congestion gridlock would magically disappear Well lets look at the actual TTC GO rides over 10 years 2003 2013 TTC rides increased 29 and GO rides 47 So according the Civic Action s Your 32 this should translate into less congestion gridlock lower travel commute times right Wrong GTA congestion gridlock commute times have gotten much worse reliable statistics are hard to quote due to different definitions sampling methodologies in US Cda between provinces cities witness the Toronto RBOT backtracking from its original GTA 80 minutes commute claim not due to a lack of public transit capacity but the immigration of 100 000 ppl into the GTA every year and the corresponding increase in car trips overwhelming relatively static road capacity Similarly Metrolinx spins strategic communications TV ads extolling how UPExpress GOTransit their other RT projects will reduce congestion oh really With the TTC accounting for 80 of GTA public transit trips up to 1 9M trips workday ALL the TTC only accounts for 15 of the GTA s 13M daily trips so it s very unlikely that GO s 65 5M 2014 rides had any meaningful impact on GTA congestion took cars off the road or that UPExpress s projected 5 000 daily rides 0 038 of GTA daily trips will measurably reduce congestion is patently absurd analytically bankrupt Lee Zamparo 6 months ago John doesn t come out and say this directly but I will the uncertainty in travel time estimates that are published in reports like these are mistaken for certainty BY DESIGN FOR POLITICAL PURPOSES Maybe it seems too obvious to state Maybe he s experiencing a condition where reporting on the obviously intentional misunderstanding of city sourced reports is tiresome I call it Ford fatigue syndrome of which I am a fellow sufferer But it should still be loudly stated see my all caps above that the councillors in favour of keeping the Gardiner up are not making a mistake they re deliberately choosing to ignore any uncertainty in travel time estimates in their rhetoric because doing so is the basis for a flimsy opposing argument which is conveniently in their own best political interests Make no mistake this is all about a handful of councillors trying to stay elected rather than the best interests of the city It s the flipside of De Baeremaeker s subway flip flop This issue of evidence based policy versus politically motivated policy is often at play in Toronto council The removal of the Jarvis street bike lanes was one simple instance Ford nation wanted to remove the lanes despite no evidence that it would make a difference in travel times The city s study showed that there was no difference in travel times for cars except for northbound in evening rush hour and the same report stated that changing the left turn light policy at a couple of intersections would make the estimated travel time difference vanish Yet it s now gone More complicated examples include the absurd debate over the right mode of transit for the SRT replacement and Sheppard line extension This is just the latest clash Francesco bocesco banana fana fo fesco 6 months ago I agree Lorinc is mostly on point 100 of the time I can dig it The only thing I keep struggling with is the St Clair right of way project Maybe it s still too soon to judge but as a pedestrian cyclist transit user motorist and also neighbourhood resident I still don t see the improvement in convenience transit times and life quality that this project was supposed to bring I know this article isn t about that but councillors and researchers don t always convert their good intentions into an urban utopia The Gardiner obviously isn t perfect but chances are the future solution won t be either Strive for perfection and you ll always be a little disappointed For me I miss the wide street where streetcars cars buses cyclists and people were allowed to share the space sometimes crashing into each other but there was something nice about St Clair that I feel has been lost in this new era of controlled priority Winnick 6 months ago Francesco I don t want this to get off topic either so I ll address this comment quickly The only thing I keep struggling with is the St Clair right of way project Maybe it s still too soon to judge but as a pedestrian cyclist transit user motorist and also neighbourhood resident I still don t see the improvement in convenience transit times and life quality that this project was supposed to bring Pedestrian St Clair is way better for walking sitting etc Better pavement and urban design That is clear as day from what it was before Cyclist Hasn t improved for cyclists They get the shaft from this though the city should ve done what they do in Vancouver and build promote cycle ways on parallel streets like Benson Transit User You mustn t have used the streetcar pre ROW because it is much quicker and predictable I find it sooo much better I used the Bathurst stop and would wait for 5 cars to pass to get on in the morning No more of that Motorist It wasn t meant to help them There is enough space for cars Resident The area is much improved with more things on offer from More shops more options more eyes on the street Also house values are way up and a big part of that is being close to the ROW Bob Brent 6 months ago Francesco When Mitch Stambler Mgr Service Planning then Chief Strategy Officer now was challenged on 2 minute improvement in St Clair trip times with dedicated RoW he defended it as it was meant NOT to improve travel times significantly but to improve reliability significantly I d have to say from Steve Munro s timechart audits of quality of St Clair service inconsistency esp Sunday off peak that quality of service its reliability requires more than a dedicated RoW to achieve it Gerry Brown 6 months ago I m afraid this just seems like railing against the wind I agree 100 with John s premise but why even bother We know how decisions get made and we know the political landscape that requires this sort of fictional fact based evidence to support a decision that has already been made by many of our elected representatives I have no idea how council is going to go on this but here s what I m suggesting to them I would urge all the committee members both today and in a short time when this matter comes before City Council to think of what the context will be in 2075 what will our city look like at that time how will residents be moving about our city and what duties will our legacy infrastructure be asked to perform It s a pretty easy decision if you do that Yu 6 months ago Hi John with due respect I do not think the choice is as clear cut as you make it to be I frequent that area mostly as a cyclist but occasionally as driver and as pedestrian as well In my experience while aesthetically the elevated freeway is rather ugly practically I have far more problems with Lakeshore than with the freeway I have a hard time to imagine my experience would improve if the freeway is replaced with an even wider more jammed Lakeshore Combine it with the fact that the freeway is adjacent to the raised railway tracks which will always be there I has serious doubt about the benefit of tearing down the freeway In terms of traffic time estimate I agree with you that the numbers maybe as valid as any number pulled out of thin air That said given the level of current and future residential and business development in that area I d expect the traffic volume to be substantially higher than current level once the residents and businesses move it All said I disagree with your sentiment that this is a stark choice between certainty and guesswork I see no certainty in either option JFS II 6 months ago Yu is completely right a much wider Lakeshore 55m ROW with no improvements for cyclists will be a much greater impediment to the waterfront than an elevated expressway will Think of the volume of traffic that will be at grade Imagine trying to cross it crossing University is hard enough as it is and this new Lakeshore will have measurably more traffic not to mention it ll be even wider and harder to cross Your assertions about the numbers coming from thin air are correct John but this decision isn t nearly as clear cut as you make it out to be Lula 6 months ago The above commenters seem to think that a dark and poorly design underpass is better than an open air road I cross university avenue each day and its not a bother and I never think of avoiding it I do think that way with underpasses There is ample ample ample proof that the removal of an elevated highway always improve the urban design But the main argument in this piece is that there is no financial or traffic argument to keeping it up That trumps everything Lee Zamparo 6 months ago JFS II YU unfortunately the mobility of cyclists is not a priority in making this decision cost and benefits to the city and to the potential for re development of the area are paramount Though I don t think it will be impassable there are over passes on the at grade Gardiner in the west of the city which I haven t found to be difficult to navigate on my bike I also wish you both would not use the phrase out of thin air I don t think JohnLorinc is suggesting they are coming from thin air Quite the opposite They are the results of a lot of though and hard work by qualified engineers programmers and planners To suggest they are out of thin air disregards the work put into producing them which is the best information we have when trying to make this decision We can t perform an experiment and then change our minds if it doesn t work out we ve got one chance to make a decision so we have to resort to modeling John s point is that they are estimates with the amount of uncertainty quantified in the report He s appealing to councillors not to just ignore this uncertainty and argue remove longer travel times therefore do not remove I m yet to see any compelling evidence showing Hybrid is better than Remove While Remove isn t certainly better the reports as I read them argue more convincingly that Remove is a better option less better for development I also am not comfortable that Tory and co aren t being very up front with how much Smart Track depends on Hybrid for TIF and how much influence the real estate developers that own the Unilever site have on a city decision of this magnitude c f http metronews ca voices torys toronto 1366413 gardiner east faq making sense of another frustrating city hall debate Lee Zamparo 6 months ago I m yet to see any compelling evidence showing Hybrid is better than Remove While Remove isn t certainly better the reports as I read them argue more convincingly that Remove is a better option less better for development Ugh This should read While Remove is likely to be slower in some circumstances scottd 6 months ago Great story Disagree about the Front Street Extension though Liberty Village is jammed that it is being planned again under a new name Hated St Clair and rarely drove it before Love it now and drive it Love shopping at all the new stores Jay B 6 months ago Lots of thoughtful comments here I must say How come tunnel is never mentioned anymore even by the fringe I go to Boston frequently and the parks above the tunnel are all fabulous and open up neighbourhoods rather than block them off I guess I m the last supporter of tunnel in the city Too bad Yu 6 months ago Lula I certainly agree that open air crossing is better than under pass but if the open air crossing has to be much wider and more congested the benefits are diminished When you take into account the under pass cross the rail track you will have to go through anyway the benefits are now significantly diminished Lee Zamparo I understand cyclists is not the main consideration here and do not expect it to be My argument is that the urban form benefit is not as clear cut as John made it to be especially considering the rail track underpath that you cannot take away If you get creative and make rail track underpath attractive why cannot you apply the same strategy and make freeway underpath useful and attractive space I am actually hoping that in the hybrid approach we can find ways to make creative use of the space under the freeway Also my understanding is that hybrid approach would allow comparable development of the site as the remove option True some of the buildings will have to go up next to the elevated highway but that has not prevented the development around the west section So at the end of the day the trade off is mainly vs travel time That brings us back to the travel time estimate Fair enough the number is the result of diligent work by qualified engineers programers and so on But that can be said for both the 2

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  • The horror of the Rupert Hotel fire still lingers - Spacing Toronto
    he had consumed the afternoon of the fire Around 5 p m Freeman was drinking port with his roommate Gary Pender He would later tell detectives he had no idea why after lighting a cigarette he touched the still burning lighter to a pile of newspapers on the floor of his room He and Pender tried to extinguish the flames with water from a washroom down the hall but couldn t and fled I m sorry I m sorry I didn t mean for it to be so bad he was heard saying on the street as the building burned Freeman pleaded not guilty to second degree murder choosing to instead accept lesser charges of manslaughter Chief Justice Frank Callaghan sentenced him to 10 years in prison in January 1991 but ruled the state of the building and its lack of safety features were equally to blame The Rupert Hotel and rooming houses like it were a last refuge for the poor a step above living in a shelter or on the streets Rents were low around 275 to 300 a month at the Rupert and conditions often rough Muriel Rose 61 who cleaned rooms at the Parliament St hotel told the Globe and Mail it was full of cockroaches and lice And the wiring was going and the toilets would run over Though inspections were beefed up in 1974 the Rupert Hotel was still able to pass checks despite a faulty alarm system unchecked fire extinguishers and a lack of a second exit from the third floor The Globe and Mail reported inspectors were reluctant to close dangerous buildings like the Rupert for fear of putting people out on the street Despite sometimes grim conditions rooming houses provided essential shelter for some of the city s most precarious residents In 1990 there were 460 licensed rooming houses in Toronto down from around 1 400 a decade earlier In various parts of the pre amalgamation city rooming houses were illegal which put additional strain on the meagre stock of affordable housing A coroner s inquest launched in the aftermath of the Rupert Hotel fire painted a tragic and damning picture Over 5 weeks in the Spring of 1991 the jury heard how the fire alarm had been deliberately disabled by persons unknown The on off switch was set to off and batteries in the backup unit were the wrong voltage and drained of their power A fuse in the unit had been loosened from its normal position too There was no sprinkler system in the building and open doors had allowed smoke and flames to spread quickly To make matters worse the 911 dispatcher had delayed sending fire crews to the scene because of confusion over another nearby fire called in around the same time Of the 10 victims seven had been drinking some heavily Dr Noel McAuliffe the pathologist who performed the autopsies testified that two people had blood alcohol levels that would have seriously hindered their chances of

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  • Exploring the busy basements & makeshift markets of Regent Park with Civic Salon - Spacing Toronto
    ll give you a casual yet chilling 30 second briefing of the Toronto Eaton Centre shooter Christopher Husbands story He motions toward where Husbands lived and where he was found on the street repeatedly stabbed tied up and left to die Thomas relays these stories as he walks smokes a cigarette and ushers us down into the basement of one of the three storey buildings on Gerrard The unassuming basement in one of the old buildings on the south side of Gerrard is not randomly chosen Thomas brings us into a formerly underutilized and closed off space that is now maintained as a mosque and community centre by the Regent Park Khadem Committee Centre HiMY SYeD has an excellent detailed account of it on his 30 Masjids mosques in 30 days website It s vast and exactly what you d expect from an old basement Low ceilings mismatched furniture and full of many rooms But it s also teeming with life community and opportunity Chandeliers and new carpeting join the custom built wudu washing station This is Toronto the Good new Canadians slowly building their lives and networks of mutual assistance Thomas explains there are three mosques operating in basements of Toronto Community Housing s Regent Park buildings It s an uneasy relationship for Thomas who prefers not having places of worship within city owned buildings but ultimately it s a fair trade eyes watching the street in exchange for a space that otherwise remained empty Our next stop is Wally s fruit and veg market that operates in greyest of grey legal areas It s a glorified walk in truck with Styrofoam ceilings camped out behind a building at Gerrard and Parliament I m distracted by the prices 5 lemons for a dollar Thomas recites the names of Wally s children who are slowly reuniting from Afghanistan The market has been here or nearby for nine years now selling his foods to his low income neighbours gradually shifting from Caribbean to South Asian and Somali populations Wally s stand is in direct contrast to the commercial spaces in the rest of Regent Park As with new development all over Toronto the cost of new retail space prohibits smaller independent entrepreneurs Sultan of Samosas on Parliament in the ground level of a new Regent Park building is easily four times the size the space needs to be giving it the ambiance of eating in a cafeteria A pharmacy Tim Hortons bank and grocery store complete the retail offerings making it indistinguishable from other new condo developments Rounding out the great basements of Regent Park is the much different from the community led process of the mosques A capital intensive and long term joint venture between TCHC and Corix Utilities is happening five levels below the sidewalk at the corner of Sackville and Dundas Streets The Regent Park Community Energy System is a high efficiency heating and cooling district energy system for the entire new neighbourhood It will have the potential

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  • Robert Ruggiero, Author at Spacing Toronto
    Spacing Streetscape Traffic Transit Urban Design Walking Waterfront Region Topic By Robert Ruggiero Community Exploring the busy basements makeshift markets of Regent Park with Civic Salon Basements are often unsung heroes of great cities In new and old Regent Park the unseen basement hides both bottom up and top down Read More Architecture Neglected Toronto Suburbs Modernist Massey Medal buildings say otherwise There s a myth perpetuated by some Toronto councillors that former suburban boroughs get crumbs while downtown gets gold It s Read More Housing Fear and loathing of mid rises in Etobicoke Today at Etobicoke community council councillors are debating the future development plans of the Humbertown Shopping Centre This Read More Urban Design Tires or feet Chief Planner s Roundtable on next generation suburbs Last week I attended the Chief Planner Roundtable hosted by our celebrity civil servant Jennifer Keesmaat The topic the Next Read More Search Advertisement Spacing Magazine fall 2015 Order issue Subscribe In these stores Popular Posts The cold war siren system Toronto never used Spacing s Guide to Toronto Events Nov 15 21 Welcome to your private nuclear fallout shelter LORINC How to invest with Crosstown s found money The story of Jackie

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