Cairns Deleway



July, 2021

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Supported a comment by Rory G on Engage East Harbour 6 months, 2 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
Commented on Engage East Harbour 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Maybe something emulating Borough market in London can exist at east harbour station (as borough is also underneath a junction of a railroad). The marketplace could be underneath the Ontario line overpass and be an all-in -one marketplace of greenery, arts, clothing, music, and food! There are many smaller format retailers selling vintage clothing and doing pop-up markets in the summer with mixed fare such as live music, food events and cultural events. Many of these organizers are on social media and connecting to young audiences, but we also see many pop-up events catering to everyone in the summer in areas like vacant parking lots. This kind of contribution would create a vibrant public realm/walkable district and also be a contribution to the community.
Commented on Engage East Harbour 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Generally interested in the project
Supported a comment by Eli D on Engage East Harbour 1 year, 8 months ago
Eli D
It's so true, everything you said. They don't care, they are just here to make a profit and it is likely that all of these comments are going to be ignored how they usually are. And we are the bad guys whose voices are brushed under the table because we "oppose the development". I don't oppose anything, but I am tired of seeing all of these issues about design and culture and affordability being swept under the rug. No developer is able to sit back and say their development has flaws because they realistically are just there in the interim following orders. We're just thinking several boxy blue/green glass towers with an ok spandrel, nothing too out of the box, nothing too progressive.. okay, yep boss, whatever you say... and the trend repeats itself. Canary wharf, Hudson yards, south core they all follow the same principle of being a corporate and soulless lacklustre downtown. What is staggering is that even after designing all of these districts, there is countless criticism that Cadillac Fairview or Adamson never learn from. Multiple articles, videos and comments on websites are proof that people tend to stay away from these kinds of developments. Countless people have asked about arts, quality and forward-thinking design, but nope, the renderings are bland as usual. It's tasteless and we'll just have to sit back and watch the developer go with what they know, resisting the urge to challenge the binary and create a memorable district known by the world.
Supported a comment by Paul Y on Engage East Harbour 1 year, 8 months ago
Paul Y
800 comments on Parks? Trees? Culture? Maybe . . . as a way to market this plan. It is not endorsed by our elected representatives or City planning staff. It will go forward as a Ministerial Zoning Order (see staff report - top of pg 2). LINK: The province is giving the developer a massive re-zoning and we/the City are left out. The consultants and developer are here short-term. We can take up valuable time asking about public space, affrdble housing, parks, trees and culture however, without the City planning process there are no agreements and no reasons I can see why a developer (partnered with the Premier) would spend on these extras. Cadillac Fairview (owned by the Teachers Pension Fund btw) will maximize profit for share holders regardless of what we add to this list of opinions. We have no power. And yes we have a huge affordability crisis in Toronto but from my experience living here since mid 80's simply building more condos has never resulted in affordability. Public funding (from development charges etc.) and/or development agreements have. Where I live, a family shelter was integrated into a condo because the Councillor and staff worked with the developer and made it a condition for approval. Will this developer funded consulting team figure out how to ensure the developer provides what the City planners and Elected reps would have demanded? Don't think so. Look at who has the power.
Supported a comment by Mimi Bernardo on Engage East Harbour 1 year, 9 months ago
Mimi Bernardo
Perhaps less "office" space as the pandemic has highlighted that office space is really no longer as necessary as pre-pandemic times. Perhaps more retail, Community recreation (i.e. YMCA), affordable housing, a Museum focused on Toronto artifacts, another film studio, off leash dog park, Art studios/galleries, cafes, restaurants, etc