A couple of days ago I stumbled upon this website http://www.livingarchitecturetour.ca/
Torontonian Jonathan Silver created this detailed and beautiful map of publicly-accessible living architecture locations in Toronto. Also, on September 17, 2015 at 7pm he will be conducting a guided living architecture tour. Tickets can be purchased here.
Toronto Para PanAm games finished less than a week ago; over 1600 athletes from the Americas were in Toronto to participate in the games. One of the local newspapers did an interview with a few of them asking about their impression of Toronto. All of them commented that Toronto is significantly more accessible than their home cities for people with disabilities.
City of Toronto does have comprehensive accessibility guidelines:
CITY OF TORONTO ACCESSIBILITY DESIGN GUIDELINES
Parks, Forestry & Recreation Advocate for People with Disabilities
BRIEFING NOTE: AODA Design of Public Spaces Standards (Accessibility Standards for the Built Environment)
Throughout the city sidewalks have ramps as per regulation
And sidewalks built within the last few years also have “tactile walking surface indicators”
City of Toronto adopted a Green Roofs Bylaw in 2009. One of the first locations to benefit from the bylaw is the Toronto City Hall podium. It is accessible to public and provides a lovely place to sit and relax.
Here are a few photos from earlier this summer:
Public art at the Republic by Tridel is particularly interesting to me since it is connected to the North Toronto CI (my alma mater)
“What’s Your Name” by Ilan Sandler.
“Mindshadows” by Catherine Widgery
“Inversion” by Eldon Garnet’s at the James Cooper Mansion condo at 582 Sherbourne St.
And a staff report is to seek City Council approval of the James Cooper Mansion Public Art Plan