I applaud the City's announcement concerning its plans to pursue the creation a new 21-acre public park over the rail corridor in downtown Toronto. It will be expensive and it will not fulfill immediate needs for green space but it is commendable that some of our politicians and bureaucrats are thinking past a few terms in office.
If we are short of park space now while we number in the tens of thousands, I cannot imagine how deficient we will be when the number of our residents soars to the hundreds of thousands. How livable would New York City be today if some prescient powers had not set aside the 750 acres that eventually became its glorious Central Park? Acreage that was available in 1853 would have been impossible to claim only decades later.
Even though not as spectacular, the Rail Deck Park in Toronto is at least part of "our" Central Park. If the air rights for these 21-acres are not purchased now, the developers will soon start swarming and, in a couple of decades, there won't be anything left to convert to parkland.