To celebrate the end of bike month, on Friday, June 26 the Urban Strategies team embarked on our very first bike tour! The theme of the ride was “Toronto’s evolving employment areas.” The route led our team through past and current industrial areas in the central west end – many of them the location of Urban Strategies projects. Check out our route in the map (click to enlarge) and also the time lapse video of the tour below:
The protection of employment areas for continued employment use has become a pressing priority within Toronto. But with rising land prices, growth management intensification targets, and the shift towards a more knowledge-based economy, planners and designers are now faced with the question: what should the employment areas of tomorrow look like?
We stopped at a variety of areas in different stages of their evolution: from former industrial lands now turned residential (West Queen West triangle), to areas in the transition to mixed-use (the Tower Automotive Building lands at Sterling Road), to functioning employment areas seeing interest from new users (Geary Street).
We also stopped to check out the design interventions that improve open space and connections in these often constrained areas – including the West Toronto Rail and the proposed King High Line (which Urban Strategies has been involved in planning).
It was a beautiful day for a ride and everyone had a great time. Stay tuned for details about next year’s ride!