First of all, there are some other reasons why I would find Allen ugly and miserable other than the Subway. The Real point I want to make is that it could be just like St. Clair too. Allen Road was just the first example that came to mind.It makes for a street that is very ugly and miserable to be around. Personally I'll take St Clair over Allen Rd any day.
Dang I thought I was the only person who had their eye on the land around Lawrence (and all the other stations on the expressway, for that matter.)To make any public transit project viable, we need density. A subway needs more density than a light rail line, a light rail line needs more than a streetcar, a streetcar needs more than a bus, and a bus needs more than a car.
There will be developers who would want to build projects that will not only support public transit, but add customers to the area's retailers.
The Spadina HRT subway was put down the middle of the Allen Road. Not very high density for a subway. To add more density to the Spadina, the city is looking at revitalizing Lawrence-Allen, a couple of stations above Eglinton West. One part of the project is the decking of the Allen, similar to how they decked the Yonge HRT Subway between St. Clair and Rosedale stations.
We can expect to see other (maybe smaller) projects along Eglinton to increase the density to make the line viable. There are high-rises on Eglinton already, but I have seen notice boards at Eglinton and Martin Grove for projects for more buildings. I expect to see other notice boards coming up once they decide where the storage yards and station entrances are decided upon. So be on the lookout for those notice boards at the side of the road.
This is not NIMBYism. I think the vast majority of the city's residents would be against it.And this is what the NIMBY mentality is all about:
Obstruct the progress as much as possible --> delay the progress as much as possible --> hope to fulfill the special self-interests at the end (kill the project, gain political attention, etc. etc.)
To make any public transit project viable, we need density. A subway needs more density than a light rail line, a light rail line needs more than a streetcar, a streetcar needs more than a bus, and a bus needs more than a car.