Nancy Smith Lea, TCAT Director, took part in a roundtable last summer hosted by the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA). The topic was the challenges of rethinking the definition of green infrastructure and incorporating sustainable systems into built projects.
Each year, the Toronto Community Foundation (TCF) releases its Vital Signs report that tracks over time several different indicators of Toronto's quality of life, including transportation. In the recently released 2011 report, TCF reports that chronic underinvestment in transportation is threatening Toronto's global competitiveness.
A self-guided walk developed by TCAT's Neluka Leanage and Nancy Smith Lea has recently been selected to be included in the City of Toronto Self-Guided Walking Tour Database. A self-guided walking tour is a walking tour without a guide, a fee, or a set date or time. It is an opportunity for an individual or group of friends to explore the city at their own pace while learning about their surroundings.
On September 12, 2011 the Toronto and East York Community Council recommended that two pedestrian zones - one on Gould and Victoria Streets at Ryerson University, and one on Willcocks Street at the University of Toronto - be temporarily extended for an additional six months, to enable staff to report back on proposed permanent closures, with ongoing operation, maintenance and programming during the temporary extension at no cost to the taxpayer.
This past weekend, construction began on the long-awaited Portland Street Pedestrian Bridge that will span the rail corridor between Bathurst Street and Spadina Avenue. Once completed, the bridge will provide pedestrians and cyclists an alternative to Bathurst or Spadina to travel over the rail corridor between the CityPlace neighbourhood and the waterfront. Concord Adex, the developers of the CityPlace neighbourhood in the Railway Lands, are designing and building the bridge in return for changes in the land use in the area.