These days, there is shared sense of possibility when it comes to Toronto’s public spaces. The city seems to be at a key moment when forgotten edge spaces and aging infrastructure are now being reimagined as exciting opportunities to create badly needed public and park space. High-profile projects like the West Toronto Railpath, the West Don Lands redevelopment, and the proposed Green Line are all notable examples of how Toronto is unlocking hidden assets and incorporating them into the city’s vibrant and emerging public realm.
Susan noted that New York’s High Line is so successful, every city wants one. But this could be the case for Toronto’s potential leadership in reclaiming the underused: every city will want an Under Gardiner.
The height of this momentum might just be Project: Under Gardiner, a bold proposal to transform a stretch of unloved and unimagined space beneath the Gardiner Expressway into a linear park, weaving passive areas and creative hubs into a series of “rooms” along a continuous stretch of public space that stitches together seven distinct neighbourhoods via a pedestrian and cycling park from Spadina to Strachan.