Christien Veroni

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Commented on Engage East Harbour 11 months, 3 weeks ago
Please look at Liberty village and city place as post industrial case studies of what NOT TO DO! There needs to be retail that connects people to the neighborhood. Culturally recognizing the industrial heritage with a look forward including public spaces, green spaces, and transit. KEEP THE HERITAGE COMPONENTS ALIVE! DON’T TEAR IT ALL DOWN.
Commented on Engage East Harbour 11 months, 3 weeks ago
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Supported a comment by Rory G on Engage East Harbour 11 months, 3 weeks ago
Rory G
This is one of the last blank canvases we have downtown and the East Harbour Team should look to where we have made mistakes in the past. Liberty is soulless and oriented around a parking lot, which is a mistake hard to remedy. The office buildings around cheery beach look nice but there is nothing warm or inviting about them or the area in between them. It’s also dead on the the weekends making it hard to attract businesses. You should think about how you can create an environment at the street level that is not going to be designed around glassed, box like retailer spaces dominated by chains like the rest of the city. Think about maximizing green space and making the streets feel more like Queen west or King west - less glass more brick, stone and wood. Thinking about the after work crowd that don’t want to relax at a chain (Jack Astor’s, Boston Pizza) and something more like a pub that has patio space in the summer and that is in the sunlight. Think about the weekends and what would attract people there. It’s a big challenge but please use the mistakes the city has made to guide you and the great streets the city has to offer inspire you
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Supported a comment by Paul F on Engage East Harbour 11 months, 3 weeks ago
Paul F
You need to focus on the at grade portion of the development - public realm, retail formats, etc. Far too many mixed use developments in Toronto feature anonymous, large format retail and podiums that lack personality or any defining character. Focusing on retail that includes smaller format, varied ceiling heights (the City’s retail standards create standard retail), architectural variation across small sections of retail, etc. Look to existing, mature and successful neighbourhoods for inspiration, not suburban style development in urban areas like East Bayfront or newer developments along Yonge St. Focus on creating a neighbourhood, not a collection of buildings.