Thursday May 18, 2017: on TV at 5:30 pm City TV weatherman Adam Styles is reporting of and from the sun in Yonge Dundas Square. 6:00 in the picture everyone is enjoying the sun at Rib Fest.
This evening sun will be gone forever with the extension of the two towers at Atrium on Bay. This has already been approved but they are coming back for more. Staff and councillors were very much in favour of this project.
Shadow studies are not done before 5:00 pm but the city did one for me. It shows Dundas Square in almost full sunlight at its summer peak (gone with the towers extended) but it only lasts an hour. How many hours are there in an evening? People move the tables into the sunlight as it passes through; kids jump in the water fountains. As the day cools the evening sun is probably appreciated more than daytime sun.
The Official Plan calls to limit shadow effects on parks and open spaces, but staff say the square is not a “signature park”. They call the elimination of the evening sun at the square “marginal”. Yonge Dundas Square is classified as a park. It’s the number one tourist destination in Toronto; the busiest intersection in Canada. It’s garish but people like it. There are many events for people to go to in the evening after work.
“The City of Toronto must grow as a complete City where people can live work and play.” They will still play in the Square and there will be sunlight during the day but it is too bad the city will not protect the sun rights of such a popular destination. People would prefer to keep the evening sun.
I live in Horizon on Bay and would benefit if Atrium would not extend its towers.
omg... how ridiculous! crying over a 19 or 20 storey building that sits to the northwest of the square and claiming that the square will never see sun again? come on! this will perhaps shorten the amount of day light by 15 minutes and only during half of the year at most.