Having braved the worst winter in 59 years and with my dog needing long walks, I’ve made good use of the PATH this year. I’ve lived in Toronto for almost 20 consecutive years and have never been able to effectively navigate the PATH. I didn’t even know I could go beyond St. Andrew Station with a “hidden” door taking you along Roy Thomson Hall’s sunken courtyard into a “hidden” mall under Metro Hall. I was so oblivious.
But in one brutal Winter, I can now get from Metro Hall to City Hall with my eyes shut. Now I’m hungry for more. Is a western expansion possible? Does TIFF Bell Lightbox have a lower level that could connect to the PATH at Metro Hall and from there to the Hyatt’s lower level? MEC’s redevelopment would be the next logical expansion getting the PATH to near Spadina.
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The PATH really is a significant strategic asset, and I would like to see the city get a bit more aggressive about making sure that new development in the shoulder areas of downtown is properly integrated. Without putting too fine a point on it: now that tech seems to be the main driver of office development, it will be important to convince largely California-based folks that Toronto winters are survivable. PATH can help, but not if it remains basically a Financial District thing.