Snow storm will continue overnight tonight in Toronto. Also a tough commute for drivers. I watched as drivers were painfully reminded of the ancient topography of the city as they struggled to mount the Lake Iroquois Shoreline on Bathurst (that huge hill north of Davenport is the shoreline of a glacial lake).Read More
The houses built on top of Garrison Creek are slowly falling back into it.
The creek was actually part of the ravine system forming what's now Cristie Pits, Bickford Park and Trinity-Bellwoods.
Garrison Creek itself has been diverted into a sewer. There's a neat history of it all - Burying Garrison Creek: A History
I think one of these was a plane.
Today we will be running our workshop at the Urban Ecologies Conference hosted at the AGO this year.Read More
The consensus: There is no debate, the region is so far behind the funding and building of needed transit projects that those at the table had little to disagree about.Read More
Sidewalk repairs kicked off all over Harbord Village today.
The maze of one way streets and no entries in Harbord Village. This maze represents an area-wide approach to traffic calming rather than intervening in a single street. An approach like this is proven in the literature to be effective at reducing pedestrian injury from collision.
The Transportation Association of Canada has launched a project to update the Canadian Guide to Neighbourhood Traffic Calming.
The NationI Collaborating Center for Public Health Policy also has a neat literature review - Urban Traffic Calming and Health: A Literature Review - exploring the impact of approaches to traffic calming on four determinants of health.
I spent the day walking Toronto with the Generationed City Team to promote the Generationed City Survey.
From Yonge and Bloor to Ryerson to OCADU to U of T, down to King back up to Queen and down Spadina to City Place. From coffee shops to galleries to libraries to student lounges, wherever millenials might be. Actually, anyone between the ages of 18-40 can fill out the survey regardless of what you call yourself.
I took notes, but I don't think I'll share them.
It was a good event and very interesting (even enlightening) to see three GTA mayors in the same room and responding to the same questions. The region is strange that way. There are so many voices and political actors going on at the same time that Local issues are often regional issues and all regional issues are local.Read More
Harbord has a neat little bike lane cutting east-west across the city.
One of my favourite things to do while I don't have to participate in the morning rush is to head out first thing in the morning to different coffee shops and watch how the commute unfolds in different parts of the city.
While streets further south are jammed with traffic, Harbord has a nice crush of cyclists (who I missed this morning as I was late leaving home).