Hume: Yonge basking in the sudden love of a city – thestar.com
September 3, 2012 Leave a comment
Christopher Hume writes about architecture and urban design in Toronto, and recently commented on the temporary narrowing of Yonge Street, one of the major streets of Toronto. Yonge Street, Toronto’s original high street, has been many things at many times, from a shopping street to a heavily-trafficked thoroughfare. Recently, the city has turned its attention back to Yonge Street as a pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use street, and as such has performed a bit of an experiment. The road has been narrowed to just two lanes of traffic, while planters and cafe seating have filled in the space, Better Block-style. The intervention has led to some organizations having to get new alcohol and food serving permits, and Hume laments that urban amenities are made illegal in so many communities. Hopefully Toronto will learn from this experiment, and make some of these changes more permanent.