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.
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.
Lower Sherbourne is being fixed up and today they are stripping off the asphalt. It reveals that most of the street was brick and the old streetcar rails that led to the TTC yard that was on the west side are being uncovered (and cut up for removal.)
The old streetcar tracks were visible through the asphalt over the weekend, so it doesn't surprise me.
check out my future toronto renders, complete with colour coding of the stages of construction!
The Spadina streetcar line was definitely brick in the 1980's.
It would be a nice policy to brick all of the 'lower' streets in old town and the Esplanade, as a heritage project. Dreaming I know.
They should do that--at least when it comes time to replace the existing surfaces. Brick and stone streets give historic areas a greater sense of place.
Brick and cobblestone streets also slow down traffic to a more manageable speed. It is the automobile lobby that forces cities to cover over the brick and cobblestones for faster speeds. The city should be considering going back to the rough surfaces where they want to slow the traffic speeds, like school zones.
W. K. Lis