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Yonge St. pedestrian-friendly transformation in the works

City planners and councillors are envisioning an ambitious plan that could re-shape Toronto’s largest thoroughfare over the next four years. Yonge Street, in the downtown core, spans from Queen Quay to Bloor Street, and has long been one of the city’s main arteries. And according to city Coun. Kristyn Wong-Tam, Yonge is also a source of frustration for pedestrians. “People moving north and south on Yonge Street, there is a lot of people. Sometimes there are so many people, they are literally pushed onto the road, onto oncoming traffic,” Wong-Tam said. “And we know that that’s not a healthy, vibrant neighbourhood condition that we want to see moving into the future.” The project — led by Jennifer Keesmat, Chief Planner for the City of Toronto and Wong-Tam — is in the discussion phase and requests for proposal (RFP) are being received by the city. While details are not set in stone, the aim is clear: make Yonge Street more accessible for pedestrians. Click here for the rest of the article


FIVE QUESTIONS FOR KAMIEL KOOT OF 5BY2 Parking For this particularly interesting issue, we spoke with a member of the team responsible for the automated parking system, Kamiel Koot. The company Kamiel works for is 5BY2 Parking and they do some pretty amazing things with parking garages. This Dutch company has revolutionized the car park system using a tile puzzle-like system. Though not yet active on the site, we still couldn’t resist picking Kamiel’s brain to get a sense of how the Dutchman feels about the project and the city. 1. FAVOURITE PART OF MASSEY TOWER? Of course we think the nicest part has to be the automated parking system. This will be the first in Toronto, and we will make sure it is a signature feature. We have a system in Ottawa and that has lasted the harsh Canadian winter, so we will surely achieve a similar feat in Toronto. 2. FAVOURITE MASSEY HALL MOMENT? We are a Dutch company and we have not yet been on site for long enough to look for entertainment at night. That might come in 2017 when we start our install. 3. GORDON LIGHTFOOT OR RUSH? That is the most difficult question. Neither […]