Cole J

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September, 2021

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Supported a comment by Shana Sadler Albo on Engage East Harbour 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Shana Sadler Albo
Cultural and art/music activities
Commented on Engage East Harbour 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Build people-focused streets, take away North American car mentality it brings congestion and takes away liveability. The distillery district in Toronto is a good example. Also think of design and Architecture as important to citizens, not something that comes last. It's what makes a district feel inviting and inspiring.
Commented on Engage East Harbour 1 month, 2 weeks ago
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Commented on Engage East Harbour 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Interested in using the services in the area
Supported a comment by Kay Barley on Engage East Harbour 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Kay Barley
CF - Please, no more repetitive and bland retail, I don't want to see any excessive McDonalds or chain stores. That does not make a district vibrant or create life past 5pm, try to think outside of the box for retail and showcase how a large commercial district doesn't have to feel all that commercial at all. Be a leader here, where Toronto has more local fashion, culture, restaurants and experiences that make us proud and excited to live here. A way to infuse this spirit is to make commercial rents deeply affordable for creative entrepreneurs.

Also a word on the public realm. Please ensure the central square isn't the only focus. A stage and some seating does not feel exciting or world-class to me. Think of vibrant cities around the world like Times Square, shibuya crossing in Tokyo, Covent Garden or Piccadilly Circus in London, these squares have a POP element with cool lighting where people are attracted to coming at nighttime to see neon lights, vibrant screens and glowing public art. Try to make something signature for Toronto, the kind of thing that is original but imposes a signature mark on our overall urban appeal. Perhaps the alleyway retail streets can have these neon lighting in signage, or string lighting to make them feel warm and appealing to walk around at. I would like to feel inspired to come to East Harbour - Simply a few glass towers and a square is just not enough. Be bold here
Supported a comment by mike gohl on Engage East Harbour 1 month, 2 weeks ago
mike gohl
I agree. No more ugly bland glass towers in East Harbour! I would also like to see lumber, wood, timber and make Canada a known place for this kind of architecture as well as exploring those kinds of materials you suggested!