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Factories and Beyond: The Evolution of Leaside Business Park

Geoff Kettel and Mitch Bubulj

Urban planners today talk a lot about “complete community”. But one hundred years ago, they delivered. Leaside was designed by the noted Montreal landscape architect Frederick Gage Todd in 1912 as a complete community. And in those days, by “complete” they meant “homes AND jobs”. Todd’s plan for the Town of Leaside designated residential uses (west side) and industrial uses (east side), separated by Laird Drive. But since then the Leaside Business Park has been in constant change mode.

Come walk, learn and experience the evolution of the business park closest to Toronto's downtown. And then come and discuss the experience with fellow walkers at The Leaside Pub.

Walk Start:

Leaside, Laird and McRae NW corner.

Leaside, Laird and McRae NW corner

Walk End:

Date: May 3

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.




Architecture and Urban Planning, History and Places, Lived experiences and personal perspectives.


Uneven terrain, Walk leader will use audio amplification, mainly walk on sidewalks but some parts have no sidewalks (walk on side of road).

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