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spmarshall

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A few weekends back, I took a walk through Regent Park. You will have to excuse the lighting on some of the photos, unfortunately with the short days, it's hard to get pictures bright enough.

I'll start with Regent Park North. The part bounded by Oak, Parliament, Dundas and Sackville will be the first to go, and those buildings are already vacant.













At this point on, the buildings are still occupied.













Sackville.









Dumpsters lie all over the interior of the complex.







Oak Street Promenade:





Now, Regent Park South:











Interesting 1950s/60s contemporary plaza in complex.

















Snd some of Regent Park's neighbours:

383 Shuter Street, once the smallest, now merely the narrowest house in Toronto once the upper floors were added.



Nearby cottages that reflect some of Regent Park's past housing stock:



Nelson Mandela Park Public School, in Regent Park South:



Parliament Street retail:







Moss Park Towers:



Tomorrow, I'll post an update on Don Mount, plus a retrospective.
 
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billy corgan19982

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Re: Regent Park and Don Mount

Thanks for the tour.
 
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Darkstar416

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Re: Regent Park and Don Mount

Awesome tour! I don't think it's an overstatement to suggest that getting the redevelopment of Regent Park "right" is one of Toronto's biggest current challenges. If it all comes together right, it could easily transform the east-side and provide a template to redevelop other parts of the city like Alexandra Park, Moss Park and also some of the suburban ones as well.

WRT to...



Queen Fine Foods is closing down in a few weeks. They recently put a sign in their window indicating as much. It'll be the second casualty I've noticed since the Shopper's Drug Mart openned on the corner of Queen E & Parliament a few months back. Dale's Drug Store (just a little west of Queen Fine Foods) closed down within two-weeks of Shopper's opening.

I actually support the Shopper's in the neighbourhood as I feel -- in general -- it's what the neighbourhood needs. Still, it's interesting to see how a major (almost big-box in size) drug store (which also sells groceries) can affect the retail mix in the area pretty much immediately.
 
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spmarshall

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Re: Regent Park and Don Mount

That is rather interesting about Shoppers Drug Mart (which, despite SDM being an agent of homogenity, is a good sign for the area) - and you're right - the redevelopment of Regent Park will be a huge challenge and opportunity. That is why I'm so interested in how Don Mount will turn out, as that could be a template for the template.
 
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Ed007Toronto

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That shoppers was initially going to go into the old Canada House Tavern location at the southwest corner of Queen and Sherbourne. Too bad as I know a few locals that would have seen that as progress.

Thanks for putting up the photos. It saved me a lot of time as I planned to put mine up this upcoming weekend.

So what's next on our photo tour schedule? You guys up for this weekend?
 
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Darkstar416

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Re: Regent Park and Don Mount

The simply one is in Germany, so I'm up for some company. What neighbourhood this time? We could also hit the National Ballet open-house this weekend too!
 
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Ed007Toronto

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Re: Regent Park and Don Mount

National Ballet works for me. I was already thinking Yonge and Bloor, Yorkville and the ROM. There's a lot going on in that area that hasn't properly been updated in a long while.
 
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Mislav

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Re: Regent Park and Don Mount

Is Regent Park still as unsafe as it was back in the day?
 
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shawnmicallef

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Re: Regent Park and Don Mount

Fun Fact: A friend of mine who is a producer on those canada's worst driver shows recently completed shooting "canada's worst handyman" which they filmed in one of the boarded up regent park blocks. The one at Dundas/Parliament I believe.
 
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spmarshall

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Re: Regent Park Update: Jan 15

Here's an update. Demolition is beginning. Walking around the complex today is very eerie now.

It looks like rough site clearing (removal of fencing, outdoor furniture, trees and shrubs) has begun. I would also think that if there's asbestos, it has to be abated. I would imagine actual demolition will start soon.





















 
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fiendishlibrarian

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Re: Regent Park Update: Jan 15

Wow, that's a big chunk of land being freed up. How many buildings are being pulled down in this first phase?
 
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spmarshall

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Re: Regent Park Update: Jan 15

That would be six buildings coming down int he first phase - the area bounded by Dundas, Oak, Parliament and Sackville.

Google Map
 
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wyliepoon

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Re: Regent Park Update: Jan 15

Looks like they'll be bringing out the old wrecking ball, right? Personally I prefer the more dramatic push of the button and KABOOM method of demolition (even though I can't stand loud explosions).
 
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mark simpson

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Re: Regent Park Update: Jan 15

Great Photos



"How many buildings are being pulled down in this first phase? "

the tallest block in the northern half (interesting starting point)

1X 8 storeys
3X 6 storeys
2X 3 storeys
 

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