Bloor Dundas ‘Avenue’ Study organic? with community?

Between Keele Street and Dundas Street West and for Dundas Street West between Glenlake Ave. the City of Toronto is conducting a study will identify a vision for the future development of the area, as well as develop an implementation program to achieve this vision.

The guiding principles outlined below from the city web site for the study are truly, enlightening in thought but very weak in meaningful purpose and achievable reality, in fact this whole site could simply have the name replaced with any community in the city. Inviting the community to a kick off meeting with a few good input questionnaires – yes the VISUAL PREFERENCE SURVEY (link) was good. Yet why not place with the people of the community the truth of the situation. – Why does the city believe an ave study is needed in the 1st place? Probably everyone agrees the area is undergoing a change from it’s current uses to a greater resident density with developments such as that at Indian Road and Bloor (1638 Bloor Street West) and Dundas and Bloor (1540 Bloor Street West) and with that the area will greatly change probably for the better – if it’s developed organically by the community more so than the consultants.

From the July 7 th kick off meeting site…

The seven guiding principles developed through City Planning’s recent Bloor Street Visioning Initiative will inform the study’s work and help shape a vision for the area.

The seven guiding principles are:

Bloor Dundas Area

  1. Encourage community vitality through a mix of uses that includes retail/commercial at-grade;
  2. Enhance the pedestrian and cyclist experience along Bloor Street West;
  3. Encourage opportunities to green the public and private realms;
  4. Improve and integrate transit services and facilities;
  5. Encourage development at an appropriate scale and density that is compatible with the existing built form, street width and neighbourhood context;
  6. Encourage high quality architecture that builds upon the positive attributes of the area; and
  7. Protect existing neighbourhoods from negative impacts.

Link to the city’s study site lots there

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