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    Quote Originally Posted by junctionist View Post
    Those brick edges are decades old. The city hasn't installed three rows of bricks by the curb for probably 20 years now; one row has been the standard since then. They hold up well. Granite blocks last longer and look better, though.
    Are we talking about the same thing? I'm talking about the rows of bricks embedded in the sidewalk not the ones in the road surface.

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    Front between Frederick and Sherbourne



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    Quote Originally Posted by Forgotten View Post
    Are we talking about the same thing? I'm talking about the rows of bricks embedded in the sidewalk not the ones in the road surface.
    Take a look at the Streetscape Manual, it shows which streets get these brick borders to the sidewalks. It is the standard in St Lawrence to use the red bricks (tiles) but the number of rows depends on the width of the sidewalk. There is some flexibility and, in fact, on Front Street between George and Frederick the north sidewalk will be ALL Brick because of the trees. The brick will be laid (in the next few days) on a permeable surface so water can reach the tree roots. See Manual at http://www.toronto.ca/planning/urbde...cape/index.htm

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    It's about time the Front reconstruction got underway. Front from Parliament to Jarvis has to be one of the worst stretches of paving in the entire city, both the sidewalks and road surface. There are a lot of bad stretches in Toronto, so that's saying a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by egotrippin View Post
    It's about time the Front reconstruction got underway. Front from Parliament to Jarvis has to be one of the worst stretches of paving in the entire city, both the sidewalks and road surface. There are a lot of bad stretches in Toronto, so that's saying a lot.
    They started about 5 weeks ago so your wish is granted. The new sidewalks and street light posts are just about done on the north side and they will be starting the south side next Monday or Tuesday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by egotrippin View Post
    It's about time the Front reconstruction got underway.
    It's been underway for something like 2 years. They've spent a small fortune digging up the sewers and watermains in previous years, and now that they've finished digging up the road, they can finally rebuild the road.

    I wish they were going to reduce the road width, and increase the sidewalk width. There always seems to be more pedestrians along there than cars. That won't be happening though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nfitz View Post
    It's been underway for something like 2 years. They've spent a small fortune digging up the sewers and watermains in previous years, and now that they've finished digging up the road, they can finally rebuild the road.

    I wish they were going to reduce the road width, and increase the sidewalk width. There always seems to be more pedestrians along there than cars. That won't be happening though.
    More could have been done but the sidewalk on the north side between Jarvis & George HAS been widened and there are pedestrian bump-outs at the street corners on George, Frederick, Princess and Berkeley. When these are finished they will have sitting areas and plants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nfitz View Post
    It's been underway for something like 2 years. They've spent a small fortune digging up the sewers and watermains in previous years, and now that they've finished digging up the road, they can finally rebuild the road.

    I wish they were going to reduce the road width, and increase the sidewalk width. There always seems to be more pedestrians along there than cars. That won't be happening though.
    Wow, has it really been that long since I've been down there? Haha. I lived in the area for 4 years (moved away 2011) and it was truly heinous, I haven't been down in the area for so long though in seeing these pictures I just assumed it started recently. Time flies.

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