A major redesign of downtown Yonge Street has been in the works for years, but has taken on a new urgency under COVID-19, which has highlighted the need for more and better public space in our dense neighbourhoods and along our main streets.
On July 2, 2020, we presented a webinar examining new perspectives on street design, and how they can inform the City’s yongeTOmorrow project. Moderated by urban affairs reporter Oliver Moore, this conversation included expert panelists Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Toronto City Council, Ward 13 – Toronto Centre), Dr. Zhixi Zhuang (Associate Professor, School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University) and Renée Daoust (Founding Partner, Architect and Urban Planner, Daoust Lestage).
The panelists all agreed that we now have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a flexible and robust plan for downtown Yonge Street that faithfully represents its centrality in Toronto, its many uses by diverse communities, and its social history, while boosting its ability to support local business, transportation and culture. They discussed potential ideas in concept and practice, including the concept to test some of the proposed street configurations to see how they work in the actual space, enacting the project in phases. Because something that has to last up to a century must be done right.
Watch the video here or find it on our YouTube channel.