Today, on Torontoist, "Alexandra Park Revs Up For Complete Revitalization"
I thought this plan was abandoned...
What a beautifully scaled neighbourhood! I can't wait to see how this effects Spadina Avenue as it has been mostly void of developments on the majority of it's length.
I really hope the architects are inspired by Kensington, it would be nice to see the vibrant colours to the north continue through here. I also hope there is a substantial amount of retail here (no massive units) designed with a modern Kensington atmosphere (patios!!!), with not too many chains. It can really help create a NETWORK of retail throughout the west end of Downtown from Queen to College.
YAWN. I really wish Toronto's planners would "get it right" --renewal that is modern yet fits in with the historic feel of the area.
The suggested massing (thanks Albert C for posting them) is merely a retread of that dreary Regent Park meets Liberty Village-styled blocks.
Last edited by urbandreamer; 2013-Jan-30 at 02:58.
Canadian architecture I like: http://renderpornstar.com/
The link that you've posted could very well have the same design as some of the townhomes in the massing, but that would be an unfortunate situation considering their front lawn parking, non existent sidewalk space and what looks like aluminum siding at the top of the front face.
The last time I visited Liberty and Regent Park they were both wins, but I guess something "different" never hurt anyone.
I like it, and its great that south Augusta ave. will intersect with Dundas street again
This will be a huge improvement over what's there, but as much as I want to like it, it looks too asymmetrical and disjointed.
It still doesn't look like a place that I would want to walk through (or live in). It appears that in typical modernist fashion they tried to make the green spaces look organic but instead they may end up underused plots of grass.
I don't like this perpetuation of the 'let's turn our back to the things we know work well' model we often see in Toronto. I don't see Alexandra Park escaping its reputation with this.
www.Front65.com - Urban Ecology
I did a Jane's Walk through here with Adam Vaughan last year. My understanding was that there were going to be small scale storefronts some of which would be subsidized and turned over to local businesses along Dundas and Augusta (kind of like the experiment in the shipping containers at Dundas and Bathurst but more permanent). I hope that still gets built into the plans......
Good to see the street network being rebuilt. Also, if my understanding of the plan is correct, it's good to know that residents won't be displaced out of the neighbourhood during construction.