Public Space

Public Space

Open space has become critical in this increasingly dense downtown area where so many of our residents now live in high-rise buildings. Parks provide much-needed tranquility within the busy city, with studies showing that in urban environments trees and green areas can provide a host of benefits including shade, storm water runoff reduction, improved air quality, reduced electricity use, and improved health and quality of life for residents.

ABCRA advocates for:

  • Better maintenance of existing parks
  • New parks and green space in proportion to new residential units approved
  • Direction of park levies and Section 37 development fees to improvements to public space in the area of development
  • Contribution of public space in the neighbourhood by new developments beyond the minimum City requirements
  • Maintenance of existing trees and active new planting to increase overall canopy

Shadows created by tall buildings on Bloor Street's "Mink Mile"

City of shadows

The new buildings were just what Toronto needed. More than 800 new rental apartments, about a third of them permanently affordable. These new homes would rise on the site of an old provincial building. The problem: They were too tall. One tower would rise 50 storeys into the air, and so it would cast shadow on a park half a block away – covering about a quarter of its surface – for up to three hours a day.

Port Lands - new bridge

Three new bridges set to open as massive Port Lands development takes shape

number of major projects in the Port Lands area that are reshaping the city’s waterfront, with a focus on enhancing flood protection, restoring natural habitats, and creating vibrant public spaces, are set to open this month.

Ontario Science Centre

Debunking the “Business Case” for relocating the Ontario Science Centre

Scratch below the surface, and there’s clear problems with the province’s math.

This week, Doug Ford’s government struck a deal with the City of Toronto giving the province fuller control over the future of Ontario Place, in exchange for the province taking on responsibility for the DVP and Gardiner Expressway, as well as additional funding for transit and addressing homelessness.

Ontario Place landscape architect quits revamp over tree clearing plans

A prominent landscape architect, known for designing Trillium and Tommy Thompson parks, has walked away from the redevelopment of Ontario Place, citing his opposition to clearing hundreds of trees to make way for a private spa and waterpark on Toronto’s waterfront.

After it became clear he couldn’t influence plans from the inside, Walter Kehm told the Star he could no longer be tied to a project that threatens a decades-old wildlife habitat, likening his professional commitment to protect nature to a doctor’s Hippocratic oath: “Do no harm.”

Motorcycle crossing crosswalk

ABCRA responds to City on Noise Bylaw Review

ABCRA has participated in many iterations of the Noise By-Law review, and was a member of the Noise Working Group (“NWG”) process and has attended all meetings in the lead up to the 2019 Noise By-Law review. The livability of the City is being eroded by excessive unrestricted noise and a lack of enforcement for the rules that we do have.

Salmon Run - Keating Channel Bridge design

Toronto is getting a new bridge and the designs are stunning

The public got its first taste of Toronto’s planned Keating Channel Pedestrian Bridge design competition last week when a group of five shortlisted concepts were presented, revealing some impressive possibilities for the new pedestrian link. The link between the city’s Quayside district and the new system of parks, public spaces, and future development lands is a key element in the area’s connectivity plan.

pothole in need of repair

City of Toronto to launch a pothole and bike lane repair blitz

Tomorrow, the City of Toronto will begin this year’s sixth pothole repair blitz to keep the City’s expressways, major roads and neighbourhood streets in a state of good repair. City crews will work a 12-hour shift, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., to repair as many potholes as possible.

Ramsden Park sign in winter

Ramsden Park: A Park that Built a Community

The ABC Residents Association believes Ramsden Park has an interesting and important story to tell. Since the City of York’s earliest beginnings, this unique landscape has had a meaningful connection to this community. We believe that Ramsden Park meets the criteria for designation as a Cultural Heritage Landscape.

Ramsden Park trees

The importance of Toronto’s tree canopy and green spaces

Each Planning Report dealing with various building initiatives identifies the importance to preserve the neighbourhood tree canopy, yet the actual action to do so becomes weaker and weaker.

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