In May 2016, myself and members of the local community, stood on the steps of the Ryerson Student Learning Centre and launched the Yonge Street Environmental Assessment, a multi-year revitalization project that will transform and modernize the section of Yonge, between Queen and Carlton Streets. This is the first comprehensive Environmental Assessment of its kind on Yonge Street and will transform this historic avenue into a walkable, bikeable vibrant public realm.
Yonge Street is Toronto’s “main street.” It is an area where thousands of people visit, live, work, play and learn. In the heart of Yonge Street, the sidewalks are filled with the highest pedestrian volumes in Canada, at all hours of the day and throughout all seasons of the year. The local residents and businesses agree that the area is long overdue for public realm improvements, and a reimagining of how this thoroughfare can serve both the local community and the visitors who come to work, shop, and play.
This study will develop and review design options intended to improve streetscaping and increase pedestrian space, along with other possibilities to improve the way people move through and enjoy Yonge Street. The process will involve extensive public consultations, giving all who care about Yonge an opportunity to participate in its revitalization. Phase 2 of the EA, will look at changes and improvements to Yonge St. between Carlton Street and Davenport Road. Read more about yongeTOmorrow.
In a lead up to launching the full Yonge Street Environmental Assessment, we worked with the Downtown Yonge BIA to produce the Yonge Love campaign: a creative community consultation on the future of Downtown Yonge. A 2014 project of the Downtown Yonge BIA, Yonge Love will be engaging Torontonians in a conversation about the neighbourhood through a series of content and initiatives – sharing the stories of its past, surveying its present, and imagining its future.
- Toronto looks to remake downtown Yonge St. with focus on pedestrians, Toronto Star, May 20, 2019
- How would you like to see Yonge Street transformed?, CBC News, May 10, 2019
- Toronto studying how to make Yonge Street pedestrian-friendly, City News, July 14, 2016