Six Points: Reconfigured
By Julie Bogdanowicz. City of Toronto.
Saturday, May 6
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Theme: Architecture and Urban Planning, Environment and Sustainability, Transit and Accessibility, History and Community, Green Infrastructure (natural stormwater management).
Accessibility: Busy sidewalks, Dog-friendly walk, Family-friendly walk, Walk leader will use audio amplification, Walking at the side of busy roads.
This Jane’s Walk will bring awareness to the large-scale street reconfiguration and celebrates the success of the massive green infrastructure project that the City has built.
The Etobicoke Civic Center is planned to be relocated to one of the new blocks that have been created. The reconfiguration has been in the works since the 1990’s. In the 1960’s the intersection of Dundas/Kipling/Bloor was engineered into a highway-like series of ramps and overpasses.
The car-centric project created a barrier across Etobicoke Centre and did not include pedestrian or cycling routes. The ramps have now been demolished and a new street layout has been built, along with extensive tree planting and 10,340 m² of new parkland.
The Green Infrastructure component captures stormwater into the tree trenches, instead of it going to the sewer - this was a major win for sustainability and resiliency. It ensures that the trees get a lot of water (and can grow large canopies to shade the sidewalk – reducing the Heat Island Effect) and it helps prevent combined storm sewer overflows during storms. The walk will be led by Julie Bogdanowicz who is an architect and urban designer who works in City Planning. She worked on the reconfiguration project.
Walk Start Location: North of Kipling TTC station, at the St Albans Pumping Station lawn.
I will be wearing a fluorescent vest.
Walk End Location: Dundas and Bloor.