While I agree the tree-pits are a bit 'lazy' they were not 'cast-in-place'. The 'lids' arrived on site ready-made and were put on top of the (large) pit below, resting on ledges. As @NorthernLight notes, these are large pits but not as good as open ones but the sidewalk space is very limited on Jarvis so is probably the best we can hope for. That said, I wish they had used proper metal tree guards (as on Wellington) rather than the 'lips' they used. The trees will be used as bike posts etc and will almost certainly need to be replaced, often! The Wellington ones, which are also on top of large(r) pits look like"The cast in place concrete sidewalk and the treepits felt so lazy.
The cast in place concrete sidewalk and the treepits felt so lazy.
I agree. There should have been a high-quality public realm planned in conjunction with this project instead of the utilitarian sidewalks that are being installed. The trees have a tiny amount of soil surface and are still probably going to get destroyed by salt in the winter and a lack of water in the summer. There are no signs of irrigation.
It's the city's old town dating back to the 18th century. Any other city would have relished the opportunity to have an attractive public realm in an area like this one. Why not make it happen?
I agree that the Jarvis sidewalk remains narrow but could only have been wider by shrinking the Market floor or giving the road a diet - as you say, outside the scope of this project but not impossible 'one day'. I think the Front Street sidewalk (except right at the corner) is actually pretty wide (or will be once the construction fence goes.) In addition, the new building does not seem to go as far into the corner area as the old one.Soil volume is actually good, as can be seen in my post from early October, here:
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Either the building would have to have been setback further (shrunk) or Jarvis needs a road diet.
I would frankly be happy to support the latter, but that is beyond the scope of this project, taken in isolation.
The same is true of the Front St. frontage which also requires additional pedestrian circulation space.