“Toronto is only beginning to evolve in the design of public space…the city feels like it was designed by the public works department.”
Yes it does and it’s a real shame that it’s taking so long.
After being in Montreal over the holidays, where the UQAM buildings off Sherbrooke are invigorating, challenging, high quality…anything but dull, we came back to Toronto, where the average new building has cheap doors, glass frontage right out onto the streets, few courtyards and shameful quality. (Hello, lower Jarvis Street)
Read THIS article on the Toronto architect who – we are thrilled to see – is changing that.
…this. Public housing on Jarvis Street, Toronto. Image: torontohousing.ca
And while we’re on the topic of things that should change, why does Toronto still oversalt its sidewalks? It’s polluting the Don River in a highly problematic way. How does this sit with the Bring Back the Don initiative that started back in 1989? In Montreal they use black gravel.