I had a busy day on April 14th experiencing old Toronto through my visit to the Riverdale Farm and later attending a presentation by the Ryerson City Building Institute titled “Students Retrofit the Suburbs”
Riverdale Farm is a charming place educating visitors about Toronto’s agricultural past. While its main audience is children, adults will also find visit the farm educational and fascinating.
At the Students Retrofit the Suburbs presentation three groups of students talked about retrofitting three sites in North York, Scarborough and Mississauga. These sights share poor walkability, lack of vibrancy, but at the same time have a lot of potential. A CBC radio segment about the presentation can be found here.
City of Toronto is finally considering bike lane pilot project on a small section of Bloor Street between Shaw Street and Avenue Road. Many local business support the initiative. There are many studies indicating benefits that bike lanes bring to local business, I hope many more will come out in support of the bike lanes and encourage the city to make them permanent.
Number of residents in downtown Toronto has increased dramatically over the last 20 years, and is set to almost double in the next 25. Making downtown a good place to live and raise children is an on-going issue. TOcore – Planning Toronto’s Downtown is a resource to learn more about what’s being done to improve livability in the downtown area as well as to voice your opinion.
CBC Metro Morning interviewed Jennifer Keesmaat, the city’s chief planner, and Janie Romoff, the general manager of Parks, Forestry and Recreation this morning regarding the issue.
Parks is one way of making the downtown more livable. Here are some parks in downtown Toronto: