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Should University Ave. get a makeover?
March 15, 2010
Would a pedestrian walkway help transform University Ave. into a living part of the city, rather than a car-dominated structure?
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As readers debate how to make Toronto better, one online reader posted a suggestion to turn University Ave. into a pedestrian magnet. Here's an excerpt: "The beautiful boulevard on University Avenue now lies between two busy four-lane roads and is all but inaccessible. Its main function now is to look nice for cars whizzing by.
"How about taking the whole boulevard and moving it either to the east or west? Then join it to the existing sidewalk, leaving exactly the same amount of roadway?
"This would provide a huge pedestrian walkway on University. CafÃ©s and small independent artisan-style booths and shops could be encouraged. This could transform University to a living part of the city, rather than the existing 'monumental' car-dominated structure."
A pilot project in New York last summer shut down sections of Broadway around Times Square and Herald Square â€“ infuriating taxi drivers. Those areas were turned over to cyclists and pedestrians, with tables and chairs.
In February, the closures became permanent. The move did not, as promised, improve traffic flow on streets Broadway crosses diagonally. But it cut traffic injuries, and merchants and tourists loved it.
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Love this idea, why have a useless middle strip when we could have a broad and wonderful boulevard! Any thoughts?