The Toronto Star is nearing the end of a year-long process to choose the top ten ideas that will make Toronto better. Complete Streets made it to the top twenty, with polls closing yesterday. The top ten ideas will be brought to a live mayoral candidates debate on October 20.
When the Toronto Star asked experts about ideas on the list, complete streets was one of only two ideas that the experts agreed on. The videos with the experts are worth watching, particularly of the presidents from Toronto's top two universities:
“Of all the 20 big ideas, the one that has really captured my interest is complete streets … Typically, conventionally, we think of streets as a means to getting us from A to B, just as a thoroughfare, as a transportation channel if you like. But the notion of complete streets forces us, helps us, to see streets in a very different way.” (Meric Gertler, President, University of Toronto). Watch video here.
"Those that were really interesting were with regards to streets… One of them was the idea of complete streets, making the streets accessible for everyone." (Sheldon Levy, president of Ryerson University). Watch video here.
It's fantastic to see a growing consensus that a complete streets approach is one of the best ways to change Toronto for the better.