Toronto Happenings: Week of November 14, 2016

There is now free (advertiser-sponsored) Wi-Fe at 40 TTC subway stations thanks to TCONNECT.


Toronto city councilors Mary-Margaret McMahon and Ana Bailao are pushing to allow laneway housing similar to what is already in place in Vancouver and Ottawa.  An online survey, and city-wide consultations are taking place to provide guidance to the city council.


You can now register for the TOcore Parks & Public Realm Study: Making Cities for People. The even takes place on Wednesday, November 23 at 6:30pm at St. Paul’s Bloor Street, 227 Bloor Street East, Cody Hall, Toronto, ON M4W 1C8.


P is the for Parks




Reclaiming the alleys

Alleys are often dark, dingy spaces reserved for utilitarian uses.  However cities are starting to recognize the potential of these spaces.  Melbourne in particular is famous for transforming its alleyways (or laneways as they are known down under) into vibrant public space full of cafes, shops and public art.


Vancouver has also started utilizing its alleys and harnessing their full potential.  Laneway housing bylaws have been approved in July 2013 and the how-to guide has been published in November 2016.


In downtown Vancouver two recent projects have added to the vibrancy of the city:

An alley south of Hastings Street was painted in bright pink and orange and hop-scotch grids and a basketball hoops have been added to the mix.


And a back alley of the recently-completed Telus Garden is being transformed into pedestrian space with nice paving and whimsical lanterns.