Comment 37930

By rusty (registered) - website | Posted February 09, 2010 at 16:08:20

"Make sure the zoning/parking regs support mixed adaptive reuse. "

This the crux of what became the planning credo for the Annex neighbourhood in Toronto (the same neighbourhood that almost had the Spandina Expressway rammed through it). Today this neighbourhood thrives.

If you stroll around successful downtown neighbourhoods in Toronto you will see that they all comprise safe, two-way streets, and that they are all mixed use. Many building facades have been retained, with high rise offices and condos forming the actual structure. The streetwall is maintained, and effective mixed uses are achieved.

I think this form of urban planning - i.e. non-rigid, tackling many facets at once - goes beyond the understanding and abilities of many local councilors. Shame.

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