Comment 67224

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted August 02, 2011 at 13:33:56

As far as the "bedroom community" issue goes, as well as parking, that's where I see LRT coming in. All-day-GO is coming, it's been planned for years, and that's gonna have impacts on the area. But what kind of area?

Without LRT, the area will be far more concentrated. Within a walking distance of the new station there may be a boom of development, but much of the rest will still take place elsewhere, in "nice" neighbourhoods (urban or suburban) where colossal homes can be bought for a fraction of the cost of their Toronto cousins. This will create a demand for parking. The combined effect will likely be pretty tumultuous for the James North area, but I don't know how much impact we'll see east of Victoria or Wentworth, at least north of King.

With LRT, the new GO line becomes accessible across the lower city and possibly the central mountain as well. This offers the possibility of spreading the benefits (and costs) of this sort of development much more widely, and create a much better mix of incomes and professions throughout the city.

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