The re-birth of Toronto’s waterfront?
Some more details are emerging on Toronto’s waterfront revitalization efforts. Christopher Hume has a nice write up in the Star today on the proposed “Parkside” development at Sherbourne and Queens Quay, calling the development “the best thing to have been proposed for Toronto’s long-neglected harbour lands in decades.” If you think that’s a lofty claim, you haven’t seen Toronto’s waterfront.
Having a striking new development is exciting and it’s always great to have architecture that takes risks. I’m not in love with the cubist look, necessarily, but you never can really get a feel for these things from the renderings. I do like the attempt to break up the typical glass block in the sky look of Toronto condos. And if promises are followed up on, I will be happy with the amount of mixed use development involved. And the promise of 3-bedroom apartments is important in terms of giving families options outside of the typical semi-attached home.
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Also exciting is that this development could bring a much needed boost in terms of people on the street and amenities (stores, etc.) that this area is lacking. And could be a nice complement to the Regent Park redevelopment to the north.
UPDATE: Spacing has a nice tidbit in their piece on this development. Apparently the design includes flow-through on the ground floor that would allow pedestrians, residents and shoppers to pass underneath the building at ground level, rather than having to circumnavigate. Nice touch.