Couldn't agree with this more and think about it every time I walk past it.Now that the strip malls at the King-Dufferin intersection have been redeveloped, the City of Toronto should relocate this vehicle yard (maybe somewhere in the Stockyards?) and build some co-op housing buildings here with retail at grade to inject some life into this stretch. Right now it's a dead zone.
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They could connect Laidlaw St. and Machells Ave. to King St. to improve access and walkability to the triangle north of LV. A little plaza on the west side of Laidlaw, maybe just a wide sidewalk with some trees.
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With all the office in LV, transit access and gorgeous heritage buildings on the south side of the street this should be a space for people, not a dead wall.