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Restored Clock Unveiled as Emblem of Union Station's New Era

Union Station Revitalization, Toronto by Metrolinx
June 29, 2015 5:10 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Earlier today, Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell unveiled the newly restored Union Station plaza clock, heralding the historic timepiece as "not only a piece of infrastructure," but also an icon of the ... read more

Public Feedback Sought for Toronto Rapid Transit Proposals

SmartTrack, City of Toronto
June 26, 2015 4:37 pm | by Adrian Gamble | Comments
The City of Toronto, the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), and Metrolinx have been busy this month co-hosting a series of public consultations spread across several dates between June 13-25. The ... read more

New Residents and Professionals Reinventing Downtown Hamilton

Royal Connaught, Hamilton, Spallacci Group
June 23, 2015 4:00 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
A few days ago, UrbanToronto joined the Urban Land Institute (ULI) on a tour of Downtown Hamilton, exploring a city in transition between two ways of being. While the workers and machines of heavy ... read more

Toronto Welcomes Grand Boulevard as Queens Quay Re-Opens

Queens Quay Revitalization, Waterfront Toronto, West 8, DTAH
June 22, 2015 3:28 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
On Friday, June 19th, excited crowds of Torontonians—including the UrbanToronto team—gathered for the ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the re-opening of Queens Quay, following three years of ... read more

City of Toronto's Outside the Box Program to Debut June 22

Outside the Box, City of Toronto
June 22, 2015 11:45 am | by Adrian Gamble | Comments
Get ready to think "Outside the Box," Toronto! The City of Toronto has joined forces with a group of 52 local artists in an effort to—at least temporarily—bring some artistic inspiration to a part ... read more

Barbara Ann Scott Park Revitalization Going Ahead

Barbara Ann Scott Park at College Park, Toronto, MBTW Group
June 19, 2015 2:14 pm | by Edvard Bruun | Comments
Tucked away in the heart of Toronto, on the College Park block bordered by Yonge, Gerrard, Bay, and College, sits Barbara Ann Scott Park. Originally built in the 1980s, the 0.75-hectare park was ... read more

Queens Quay Revitalization Opens Friday, June 19 at 6 PM

Queens Quay Revitalization, Waterfront Toronto, West 8
June 18, 2015 4:30 pm | by Craig White | Comments
After three years of work, Queens Quay will be officially reopened tomorrow. The kilometre-long project, designed by Rotterdam's West 8 and Toronto's DTAH after winning a design competition ... read more

City Seeks Public Engagement on 'TOcore' Downtown Study

TOcore, Toronto by City of Toronto
June 17, 2015 4:58 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
For the first time in over 40 years, the City of Toronto is conducting a study to better understand how Downtown Toronto can best continue to grow and develop in the coming decades. Since the ... read more

Cellular Service Launched at TTC Subway Stations

TTC, Queen's Park, Line 1 Cellular service, WIND Mobile, image by Jack Landau
June 17, 2015 1:45 pm | by Marcus Mitanis | Comments
The Toronto Transit Commission and BAI Canada announced the first cellular carrier to offer mobile service on the subway system today. WIND Mobile customers will now have cellular connectivity on ... read more

Wayfinding Project Launches Downtown Ahead of Pan Am Games

T0360 Wayfinding Strategy, City of Toronto
June 15, 2015 5:00 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
With Toronto growing in popularity as a tourist destination, a new wayfinding system is getting set to roll out across the city by 2017. As it stands, no centralized, coordinated wayfinding system ... read more

Next Round of Relief Line Public Consultations Coming

Relief Line, Toronto by City Planning Division and TTC
June 12, 2015 1:35 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
With a quickly expanding population and increasing density throughout the city, parts of the Toronto subway system are becoming increasingly strained. Adding to this, the proposed extension of the ... read more

City of Toronto Seeks Public Input on 'Complete Streets' Initiative

Complete Street plan for Dunlop St, City of Barrie, Public Information Centre
June 11, 2015 12:56 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
The 21st century has brought a paradigm shift to many lifestyles in Toronto, with cultural and economic changes driving rapid urbanization throughout the city. With greater density, transit use, ... read more

Preferred Consortium Announced to Construct Crosstown LRT

Eglinton Crosstown LRT, Toronto by Metrolinx, Crosstown Transit Solutions
June 10, 2015 1:15 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Metrolinx and Infrastracture Ontario have announced that Crosslinx Transit Solutions (CTS)—an equal-share consortium of SNC-Lavalin, EllisDon, AECON, and ACS Infrastructure Canada—as the preferred ... read more

Gardiner East: Support Builds for "Remove" as Council Faces Vote

June 8, 2015 5:47 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
On June 10th, Toronto City Council will hold a historic vote on the future of the Gardiner Expressway East, deciding whether to demolish ('remove' option) or retain ('hybrid' option) the elevated ... read more

The Great Scarborough Transit Debate: A Third Option

Scarborough SmartTrack Spur, Toronto
June 5, 2015 5:45 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
UrbanToronto offers some weekend reading for you: two takes on Scarborough's rapid transit future. Andrew Johnson offers us a SmartTrack Spur that could save time and money. read more

Does Scarborough Need A Subway Extension? (No, It Doesn’t)

A full-build out of transit projects in Scarborough, map by Sean Marshall
June 5, 2015 5:45 pm | by Sean Marshall | Comments
UrbanToronto offers some weekend reading for you: two takes on Scarborough's rapid transit future. Sean Marshall offers us a rethink of the LRT plan that could save time and money. read more

Community Meeting Reveals Fort York Pedestrian Bridge Proposals

"Landmark Proposal", Fort York Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge, Toronto
June 5, 2015 3:10 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
After years of planning hoops and financing hurdles, a new piece of long-awaited pedestrian and cycling infrastructure is one big step closer to realization. A community information meeting was ... read more

Union Station Revitalization: A Recent Progress Update

Union Station, Toronto, NORR Architects, Metrolinx
June 5, 2015 1:18 pm | by Adrian Gamble | Comments
When Union Station opened to the public in 1927, at a grand ceremony featuring none other than the Prince of Wales and future King Edward VIII, the people of Toronto were ecstatic in their ... read more

Volunteers Wanted for Waterfront Toronto's Queens Quay Opening

Waterfront Toronto, Queens Quay & Water's Edge Revitalization, West 8, DTAH
June 4, 2015 11:33 am | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
With the long-awaited revitalization of Queens Quay Boulevard West now coming to fruition, Waterfront Toronto is looking for volunteers for the giant ribbon-cutting ceremony set to take place on ... read more

The East Gardiner: A Chance To Get It Right

Gardiner East End demolition in January 2001, Toronto, image by Craig White
June 2, 2015 5:50 pm | by Sean Marshall | Comments
In June, 1999, Toronto City Council, after much debate, voted 44-8 to demolish the eastern section of the Gardiner Expressway. The section of elevated freeway from the Don River to Leslie Street, ... read more