The building that stands in between two parking lots at 457 Richmond St. West had its day in court, and lost. We've linked to the judgements in our 457 Richmond St. W. development page, which documents our involvement in commenting on the project. Recently, Urban Toronto featured the revised plans for the site, with changes in square footage, but not in height, and notes changes to the south-facing balconies. We continue to watch with interest what will rise up at that site.
We'd like to welcome the move of Black Eyed Susan’s, a fabulous florist who used to be on Richmond at Augusta, now on Adelaide St. W. close to Spadina, and we hear they love their new location. One of our association's members, Catherine, paid them a visit in December to welcome them to the street and made be sure they knew about the GDNA. We're happy to have them brighten our days with their wonderful flowers.
We're celebrating City Council's decision to make the Richmond-Adelaide Cycle Track, which includes Peter and Simcoe streets, permanent! We'll monitor developments to mode the cycle track on Adelaide to the north side, which should be considerably safer for cyclists, who won't have to avoid the commercial loading zones. The cycle tracks on Richmond and Adelaide flow through our neighbourhood between Spadina and Bathurst, so we have a keen interest in what happens with it. The cycle track's permanence is very welcome, and we can't wait to see how the switching sides of it on Adelaide improves things even further.
We have a date for Toronto City Council's Infrastructure and Environment Committee to consider the cycle tracks on Richmond, Adelaide, Peter, and Simcoe Street, which impacts the Garment District both directly (as it passes through on Richmond and Adelaide) and is fed into by Peter and Simcoe streets. You might remember that in June we posted photos of the maps the City laid out to receive feedback about the proposal. The committee will consider it on January 17th!
More information can be found at the committee's page on the proposal.
It took time and some creative work for City engineers to replace Benjamin Brown to his rightful spot on Spadina south of Adelaide after a vehicle sheared off the entire plaque and post. Perhaps not a fan of architects, but we are happy to have Benjamin back. Take a moment to read his contribution to building this part of Toronto.
Congratulations to playwright Anosh Irani! Here's to Factory's new exciting season of theatre right in the 'hood. Break a leg!
Great staff work from Meg and Sue staff at Portland and Rush Lane.
David Buchbinder and his fabulous band perform again in the Laneway to the delight of the crowd!
Terrific DJ courtesy of Moog Audio and Beau's - keeping Rush Lane hip
Welcome back Elixir! Taking a break to smell the roses while the writer holds his paint can - a new mural is underway.
Al with his faithful dog Hubble (aka Hubbo) in front of his latest mural commission. Lots of Toronto highlights!
Mattias is still working on his wall - and yes, the flowers made the rounds with the muralists! Thanks for the visit, and for your great work in Rush Lane.
The City of Toronto is welcoming feedback to a proposal for moving the bike lane on Adelaide from the south (right) side to the north (left) side. The website for the proposal has more details, including lessons from comparable cities who have installed or moved their bike lanes to the left side of the street. The principal impetus for this project is to avoid interactions with the loading docks on Bay St., which cause cyclists to have to move in and then out of traffic. We provided the feedback that the City consider working with the Toronto Bike Share to move their docks to the north side as well. That would help prevent cyclists borrowing a bike from having to cross the street in the middle of the block or use the sidewalk to go to an intersection. It would save time and increase safety for bike share users.
We offer for your perusal the maps of the Garment District part of the map as they were just before we added our own stickies. The parts to the east of the maps, which are not shown here, have the most to gain, but, as you can see, cyclists and other users of the street have their thoughts for our neighbourhood. We'll stay interested and involved, and look forward to next year when it will potentially be implemented.