Epic post!!Had a good walkabout today; lots to take in.
Great progress on the Strachan structure:
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Loving the berm here; it’ll really shield people sitting on the wooden structure from the sight and sound of traffic, and it’s also a great call to opt for plantings that’ll have some height. Looks nice, too:
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Looking back at Strachan towards the southwest:
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Added some tables and chairs outside the FYVC:
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Thing I don’t like: they’ve given way too much space to surface parking (I imagine this is FY’s doing); of the usable space in this picture, about a fifth is given to pedestrians and the rest is dedicated to vehicle storage:
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More great choices in planting; the height really elevates the sense of greening the space. I’m surprised that this space gets enough sunlight to support these trees, but perhaps the early morning and late afternoon sun angles are sufficient to support growth?
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Drainage seems to need a bit more work in a few places; whole bunch of standing water around:
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Sunday beer garden space, also a good idea; I like the diversity of uses they’ve contemplated:
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Again, with the cars and the arrogance of space: if you come from Strachan, the first thing you’re greeted with as you leave the wooden bit is a surface parking lot; would like to see them come up with a design solution to shield pedestrians from the sight of the lot (whilst provisioning for accessibility, of course):
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Pics a little out of order, but my thumbs hurt. Still love the FYVC:
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Looking back at the berm from the (other) adjacent surface lot to the east of Strachan, looking northwest: View attachment 148814
Does anyone know if there are plans to directly connect the multi-use trail systems on the West Railpath and the Martin Goodman Trail to the Bentway? It doesn't seem to me like any direct connection is contemplated.
To expand on WTR specifically, there were property issues south of where Sudbury Street splits from its parallel with the rail corridor to go directly east. It's shoehorned between what Metrolinx needs for GO RER and existing private property (1-47, 55 and 99 Sudbury; 1071 King St W). So the current WTR extension ends at Sudbury St and Dovercourt Rd, while the City tries to figure out what to do / negotiate further south. The vision is to extend it further to Douro, and them parallel the south side of Douro/Wellington to the Garrison Bridge Crossing, which will connect to the Bentway.Yes, the West Toronto Railpath will eventually connect, but the route from where the King-Liberty Village GO station is going in has not been finalized.