With all the brouhaha over the Port Lands, and the Fords’ failed coup d’état on the Waterfront, attention now shifts to actually “getting something done”.
The Port Lands cover a large area south and east of the mouth of the Don River that is comparable in size to downtown Toronto. This is a huge opportunity for redevelopment, but also a huge chance to screw things up pretty much forever.
Do we want a boring, car-oriented suburb complete with megamall, or do we want a new neighbourhood that brings a 21st century twist on downtown living?
Will we redevelop the river mouth as a striking park, a signature piece for Toronto’s waterfront, or will it simply become Exhibition Place East complete with Ferris Wheel and monorail?
How will we move people to and from this area? Will transit be an afterthought or, for once, will we actually invest in capacity and service before the new buildings go up?
Waterfront Toronto begins its public consultations on the future of the Port Lands on Monday December 12 between 6:30 and 9:00pm at the Toronto Central Library (Yonge north of Bloor) in the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon on the second floor.