As densities in population continue with the MANHATTANIZATION of Toronto density and access and transit issues will impact everyone;
In the section of Mimico being revitalized, a series of dead-end roads sprout off Lake Shore Blvd. and run toward the waterfront. Planners have suggested connecting these cul-de-sacs with a new street running close to the water. But some residents like roads as they are, with children playing ball hockey, and worry any new street will become a beach-ruining thoroughfare.
Planners are generally pro-grid and anti-cul-de-sac — especially near the waterfront. Roads provide “a declaration of publicness,” says architect Michael Kirkland. “Absent a road, there tends to be a phenomenon of privatization, the sense you’re in somebody’s yard.”
But planning consultant Ken Greenberg sympathizes with the worriers. “To be avoided is a continuous thoroughfare that would encourage a lot of traffic bypassing Lake Shore Blvd. and running along the water,” he says. Connecting some of the cul-de-sacs to each other and creating loops — as occurs in the Beach, which some Mimico-ites hope to emulate — is a workable compromise, he believes.
A NEW WESTERN PROMENADE
Residents and planners agree that the now-dingy stretch of Lake Shore Blvd. should become a bustling public promenade with nice shops and restaurants. The question is how. “It’s one of the most compelling problems of the late 20th, early 21st century: How do we take streets like that and actually make them interesting and successful?” asks Glover. “It’s a bit of alchemy.” http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1216490--five-ideas-that-could-make-any-neighbourhood-great
From the Mimico Residents Association we have their November Newsletter Update; All kinds of wonderful details there. Please follow the article to comment section.
Political or not; You cannot deny one landowner the right to build condos on the north east corner or Park Lawn Road and Lake Shore [ with buildings immediately along Lake Shore and Lake Promenade towering to 70 stories] while you have multi density buildings that are residential built out a mere 66 feet away ay Park Lawn and Lake Shore on the west corner.
The City needs to provide solid TRANSIT improvements to service this pocket and as more move it we will continue to see the Lake Shore and Mimico flourishing from the additional pedestrian traffic and diners, restaurants and curio shops.
We could become Yorkville West!