This author has had the opportunity to walk west and then back again from St Josephs hospital in the past months quite a bit. What really struck during the walks was the what the blog is naming the west local gap – the west ends portion of a problem that extends across the city. The gap of continuity of place and neighborhood the Gardiner expressway and the QEW as well as the Lakeshore Rd create between the west commnities and the waterfront.
The view above taken from the hospitals front is right across from one of the west waterfronts most beautiful areas. To arrive at this area one must walk almost three blocks east past the TTC yards to Queen St – cross to reach a pedestrian bridge, or walk about 4 blocks to the west and cross at 2 sets of lights traveling south.
Should these roads be moved underground? Yes it would cost but the benefits would out weigh the cost.