A couple of pictures from Saturday evening - could not decide between them, so here they both are. The evening sun gives a real glow to The Well. Also, the crane on the office tower still active - kept working until approximately7 PM Saturday evening.
September 26: Activities on the south side Wellington Street Boulevard are continuing, both in front of the 401 Wellington West building, and work has started on the boulevard frontage of the Osmington Building at the corner of Wellington West and Draper Streets.
And further down the road, from the Draper Street sidewalk:
These are used to prevent soil compaction and afford room for tree roots to grow more easily, thus helping trees survive, but also thrive, achieving greater height, canopy (width of branches), and a longer life span.
Compaction occurs, when you put paving of any sort over ground, and people, and heavier items (snow plows, riding lawn mowers, sidewalk cleaners etc.) go over the sidewalk, and in addition to normal settling add weight and pressure
to soil below.
* compaction can occur without any paving as well, based on usage
This causes that soil to harden, which impairs root growth directly, but can also impair moisture getting in and giving the tree roots what they require for survival.
Silva Cells are not inherently necessary. Their utility has to do w/the choice of paving material and the volume and type of traffic overhead; as well, as whether adjacent surfaces are also hardened/compacted.
They have maximal utility in high density areas and areas with extensive hardscape.
I'm getting the sense that retailers that didn't hop onto securing spaces in this development will sorely be regretting it. A lot of people i know who live in Downtown West dread going to the Eaton Centre to do some shopping. The Well here offers larger commercial/retail floorspace than Queen Street West so i wouldn't imagine it would be competing with it.