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It's not overly optimistic. It's just what is happening. All of those that were already done, were done in the last few years. Queens Quay is a huge success serving as a template for the public realm in the city. The plan for the Entertainment District is already on the books and will proceed. Councillor Wong Tam is pushing ahead with a similar pedestrian friendly Yonge St revitalization. Nathan Phillips Square was also done and is expected to spread into a coordinated City Hall precinct. King West has become very much like Yorkville with deep pocketed restauranteurs and appears likely to be next.
Over time, more of downtown Toronto's main pedestrian streets is receiving this treatment over the cheap poured concrete. It hasn't reached a tipping point but it's getting there. When it does, the remaining concrete sidewalks on main streets are going to look out of place and be motivated to get fixed up too.
 

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Here's Yorkville Avenue in fading evening light a few hours ago.

Pretty much finished looking west from Hazelton Avenue…
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But there's lots to do east of it still:
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The connection to Olde York Lane:
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Belair Street is closed for the reconstruction, but it looks like it's just a staging area currently for Yorkville Avenue work:
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Queens Quay is a huge success serving as a template for the public realm in the city. The plan for the Entertainment District is already on the books and will proceed. Councillor Wong Tam is pushing ahead with a similar pedestrian friendly Yonge St revitalization. Nathan Phillips Square was also done and is expected to spread into a coordinated City Hall precinct. King West has become very much like Yorkville with deep pocketed restauranteurs and appears likely to be next.
Over time, more of downtown Toronto's main pedestrian streets is receiving this treatment over the cheap poured concrete. It hasn't reached a tipping point but it's getting there. When it does, the remaining concrete sidewalks on main streets are going to look out of place and be motivated to get fixed up too.

Keep in mind there are those in high positions like DMW who do not see Queen's Quay as a "huge success" at all....but a financial debacle. There's a new sheriff in town....and he doesn't like expensive umbrellas.

The BIAs on the other hand have a much better chance, as it involves partial private funding and the public portion is directed by the BIA.
 

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Keep in mind there are those in high positions like DMW who do not see Queen's Quay as a "huge success" at all....but a financial debacle. There's a new sheriff in town....and he doesn't like expensive umbrellas.

Yep, exactly. I'm skeptical--though hopeful--that the city will agree to these kind of beautification projects, unless a BIA steps in in a major way.
 

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The public realm in Yorkville is superb. Yorkville Avenue looks beautiful. But it didn't happen overnight. They've been investing in it for decades. The pavement is being upgraded to an attractive brick surface in a herringbone pattern, but the street already had buried overhead wires, ornamental lighting, landscaped pedestrian lanes with retail fronting onto them and healthy street trees.
 

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This road is too confusing now. It needs signs to tell people not to drive in the middle, or on the left. It should also have crosswalks painted on the ground. Oh, and dedicated left turn lanes because how am I supposed to know where to make a left turn?
 

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We also need to ensure that Hydro marks it up with as much spray-paint as possible, especially a type that will never fade away entirely. I'd also like to suggest that when bricks are removed for underground work, they are never replaced and instead asphalt is used to replace them.

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Unfortunately the one thing they didn't get right is the curbs - spending all this effort and get tripped up by using concrete for it mars the quality of the final product.

AoD
 

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Additionally, the cement squares surrounding the manholes and utility covers (see 3rd photo from someMidTowners last post on the previous page, for clarification) is unfortunate. It would have looked cleaner to have had the pavers cut and arranged around them as they were at QQ.
 

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