Another horrific development is underway in Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam’s area of governance! Godzilla like machinery has been deployed at Jarvis and Dundas which is clawing away on century old architecture. The “well thought out” demolition and redevelopment was contrived by Toronto City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam along with “City Planner” Jennifer Keesmaat who believes every street should be a grand boulevard. The last time I checked, a boulevard was a dead end!
So city planners are shredding large amounts of the Garden District to put up – what else? 50-story condos which will only contribute to ill-conceived architectural blending and considerable draining of our city’s infrastructure.
The Garden District was once known as one of the most influential neighborhoods in Toronto with city builders such as Massey, Gooderham and Jarvis himself. While it has become an area of low-income housing, prostitution and housing for the those that are destitute, it seems city officials are quietly throwing out residents which have depended on the community for decades.
The demolition and reconstruction is quietly going on in Toronto with little or no coverage by local media. Historic buildings are being clawed away into rubble with plans of “Grand Boulevards” ending in Dead-End Streets. Disasters like Queen’s Quay West and the new Canary District are examples of poor thought out city planning – only to promote their supposed vision of “progressive” visions of grand boulevards leading to nowhere!
Progress and supposed “forward thinking” is the suggested spin on what is going on in the Garden District. I would have thought more gardens would have been put in place – along with 3-story brick structures to complement the existing architecture. This is not happening and old ruins will result in much larger ruins in the years to come!