Worth adding that the Report also says that they studied from George to Parliament and the blocks from George to Fredrick and Frederick to Sherbourne will be looked at by the BIA. Apart from the, in-process, 158 Front development there are no developments on these two blocks (which have very narrow sidewalks on both sides) so it's good to have the BIA dealing with them - ideally in conjunction with the SLNA.In a report to the January 6th meeting of TEYCC plans and brought forth to widen the narrow sidewalks along Front from Sherbourne to Parliament.
This will be done largely by narrowing the existing vehicle lanes and by reducing the size of some turning lanes.
No through lanes are proposed for removal.
This will result in about 2.5M of new sidewalk width total across the 2 sides of the street with allocations varying based on existing size and current and projected demand.
Report here: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2022.TE30.17
New layout here: https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-174421.pdf
From the above, I will bring forward the image, somewhat enlarged (and divided).
You can see the additional sidewalk space demarcated next to the curbs.
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While that would be 'nice' I think the priority is wider sidewalks and you really could not widen both sidewalks AND have a median.
They were poised to open Sundays and later on, if I remember right, Thursday & Friday evenings and not open at 5am on Saturdays. Then covid arrived. I understand that some of the merchants (who never liked the idea of any change) are now fighting a rear-guard action to do nothing but I think the City ARE still planning better hours starting in 'the spring'. The current hours are really not very suitable and though I have some sympathy for the 'mom and pop' stores the hours they were discussing still gave people one full day a week (Monday) off. If you want better hours you can contact the Market manager or Wong-Tam and say so. There is also a citizen/representative group that advises the City on the "Market Precinct' - last I read they are in favour of longer hours too. (SEE: https://www.toronto.ca/services-pay...-lawrence-market-precinct-advisory-committee/ )DSC, I address this to you since you're always in the know. Northern Light, you're in the know too.
The Market was supposed to do a trial run of more reasonable hours -- i.e., later evening hours and open Sundays -- and then COVID hit. Any word if / when this will be moving forward? Thx.
(It may have been a permanent change rather than a trial.)
Thanks for this update. The timing on this was terrible, after such a long struggle to get the hours finally increased. In the short term, if they could just extend the weekday closing hour a tiny bit, say from 5pm to 6pm, that would make a huge difference for locals. I am fortunate to work from home, which means I can occasionally pop out during 9-5 work hours if I'm not too busy, but not always. As a result I've been visiting the market a lot less over the past year than before. I'm probably not the only one.They were poised to open Sundays and later on, if I remember right, Thursday & Friday evenings and not open at 5am on Saturdays. Then covid arrived.