Some background, in case you haven’t been following along:
You may remember our post from a couple weeks ago when the Public Works Committee decided that a beautiful pedestrian and cyclist bridge that would link historic Fort York (and waterfront neighbourhoods) to the park system and neighbourhoods north of the railway tracks along the waterfront) cost too much money and it would be better to scrap it, ignoring the attractions of such a bridge to area residents (north and south of the tracks), condominium developers, and Toronto in general.
The bridge (and it’s supporters) are not going quietly into the night however.
A Save the Fort York Pedestrian Bridge website has been set up (with online petition) and many prominent City Councillors and former mayoral (and premier) candidates (John Tory) are lining themselves up to save the bridge.
Despite the best efforts of Councillor Mike Layton and almost half of City Council, 2/3 of Council did not support Layton’s motion to move the matter from Committee (Public Works) to Council (in order to have a proper discussion and debate about it).
This wasn’t just a cycling infrastructure project – this was a project for cyclists, pedestrians, 2 neighbourhoods (north and south of the railway tracks) and condo developers. This was a city building project.
It wasn’t cheap, but who said building a quality city is cheap? Do we really want to build a cheap city? 23 of the 45 people on Council do – and this is who they are (the NO votes):
[thanks to BlogTO from grabbing the above image from the motion documents]
Related News Articles:
- Bid to Save Fort York Bridge Fails (Torontoist)
- Fort York bridge dead, councillor says (Star)
- The Fort York Bridge is a no-go (BlogTO)
- Council votes down bid to save Fort York bridge (CTV)
- Fort York bike bridge project in limbo (CBC)