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Waterfront Toronto Unveils Queens Quay Plan


Waterfront Toronto has just released plans for the new people-friendly” Queens Quay that we got a taste of back in 2006 with “Quay to the City” (photos at the end of this post). This of course includes the “connection” of the east and west portions of the Martin-Goodman Trail with a physically seperate two-way cycling path on the southern portion of the street (a good idea of how this will work is in the photos at the end of this post):

Waterfront Toronto yesterday unveiled its lofty $192-million plan, which seeks to overhaul the lake-side road between Bathurst and Parliament streets. The transformation would turn Queens Quay into a European-style boulevard, with wide, tree-lined pedestrian walking lanes, an extended waterfront boardwalk, increased green space, more expedient public transit and a widened cycling trail.

The proposed renovations would eliminate two traffic lanes south of the dedicated streetcar lane currently in place, allowing for increased walking room framed by two rows of trees next to the waterfront. The remaining two lanes north of the streetcar lane, both of which currently run westbound, will either be reduced to a single westbound lane with dedicated parking or converted into one lane flowing in each direction.

Chris Glaisek, Waterfront Toronto’s vice-president of planning and design, said the goal is to make Queens Quay more “Main Street” than main thoroughfare.

“It should be local. It should be a retail destination. It should be the heart of a neighbourhood,” he said…

“It should be a place that you say, ‘I want to go to Barcelona because I want to see the Ramblas,’ or ‘I want to go to Paris because I want to see the Champs d’Elysee,’ or ‘I want to go to Toronto because I want to see Queens Quay.’ “

 

 

Photos from 2006′s Quay to the City:

 

Quay to the City, Aug. 11-20, 2006

Quay to the City, Aug. 11-20, 2006

Quay to the City, Aug. 11-20, 2006

News Articles about this:

National Post: Waterfront “grand gateway” proposed
Toronto Star: Lakefront plan gives pedestrians top priority
Globe and Mail: Group plans a facelift fit for Queens Quay
Toronto Sun: Facelift for Queen’s Quay

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