Can Ryerson Benefit from a Better Yonge Street?

November 2018

A case study analysis of the impact of street redesigns on university campuses


Ryerson University in Toronto is bordered by Yonge Street, and its campus and students play an active role in the life of the street. The city will soon have a golden opportunity to rethink downtown Yonge Street’s public realm, as the infrastructure beneath the street is in need of upgrading.

Seeking to understand the benefits of a redesigned Yonge to Ryerson, and support the university’s participation in the process, we partnered with Dr. Zhixi Zhuang to produce a case study analysis.


Authored by Dr. Zhixi Cecilia Zhuang, Jessica Brodeur and Graeme Kennedy with support from Cherise Burda and Claire Nelischer.

Produced by the Ryerson City Building Institute.

This report was made possible through support from the Ryerson City Building Institute.

“we found that [street redesigns] offer universities many benefits, for example Improved safety and street life, healthier environments, better mobility options, increased opportunities for inclusion, deepened campus and city integrations, and stronger institutional identities.”

Dr. Zhixi ZhuangRyerson School of Urban and Regional Planning