Front Street between Jarvis and Church has an about 3-meter-wide median dividing the east and west-bound lanes. The median has trees planted along it and plenty of space for people to wait mid-crossing. This section seems to encourage jay-walking (in a good way) and makes the street feel safer. While there are a few streets around the city that have a similar feature (the beautiful median on University Avenue, a little one on Yonge, south of College), I believe the city will benefit from adding more.
In fact, there are multiple studies showing benefits of street medians and pedestrian safety islands.
Medians and Pedestrian Crossing Islands in Urban and Suburban Areas
SF Better Streets
On November 17th an amazing plan to build a 10-acre park under the Gardiner was announced. The project is currently known as Under Gardiner.
For those who are skeptical about the success of building a park under a highway, a similar park called the Underpass Park, was opened in 2012 and has become very popular.
Here are my photos of the park form September 2015.
I noticed Little Free Library boxes popping up in my neighbourhood last year. For those not familiar with this, more information can be found on the project’s website http://littlefreelibrary.org/
Oriole Park library http://www1.toronto.ca/parks/prd/facilities/complex/245/