Preserving Local Heritage

Preserving Local Heritage

May 11, 2016

Deirdre Leowinata

 

“Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort.” – John Ruskin, art critic and social thinker

 

Our “heritage” is a term that gets tossed around a lot, even in a young country like Canada. But what exactly is heritage? How will the Torontonians of the future remember the Torontonians of 2016, or of the 21st century? It seems from the construction in the downtown core that it’s going to be condos: the unimaginative sky-high concrete boxes that seem …

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Doing nothing to the Gardiner is too costly – By Fred

Doing nothing to the Gardiner is too costly – By Fred

On April 15, Calvin Brook, an urban designer and planner with Brook McIlroy and Dr Eric Miller, a civil engineering professor at the University of Toronto, led our discussion on the state and future of the Gardiner Expressway. The issues at stake are transportation and urban design.
We started with a litany of facts: at peak times a lane on the Gardiner carries 2000 cars per hour, with 1.2 people per car, and three lanes in each direction. So we get to about 7200 people per …

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Pros and Cons of a Casino in Toronto

Pros and Cons of a Casino in Toronto

There was a large and lively crowd on Monday to hear a strong discussion about the Toronto Casino proposal.

Rosario Marchese, MPP of Trinity-Spadina (a downtown riding often proposed as a location for the casino), started the evening off with some arguments against a putting a casino so close to residential neighbourhoods.  Residents of Liberty Village are worried that a casino at the Ex would “suck the life out” of the area.  While Casinos themselves are often vibrant, businesses around them do not remain so.  Over …

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