mike gohl

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August, 2021

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Commented on Engage East Harbour 2 weeks, 2 days ago
Let’s celebrate Toronto’s creativity, and build on that. Arts post-pandemic will thrive here.
Commented on Engage East Harbour 2 weeks, 2 days ago
Public Realm
Commented on Engage East Harbour 2 weeks, 2 days ago
Generally interested in the project
Supported a comment by Sandra Kiloughby on Engage East Harbour 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Sandra Kiloughby
Do what you can to inspire animation on buildings such as lighting displays at night as well as neon lights alongside retail streets, something that will POP out to locals and visitors when looking for a place to explore. A way to bring in life here is to create a visual gateway that people would be drawn to from afar. In the same way that the CN tower lights up, it would be good to see similar activation here and other original and unique ideas to draw people here while walking on the waterfront etc. It be nice to see nightlife options and a culture where people don't commute home straight after work. Bring soul and entertainment back here to Toronto post-covid.
Supported a comment by Sandra Kiloughby on Engage East Harbour 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Sandra Kiloughby
also focus on creating streets prioritising people, not for cars. It is time to take car-dependency North American mindset away from Toronto.
Commented on Engage East Harbour 1 month, 3 weeks ago
For Project team - Kensington Market does this exceptionally well. It is on the top 5 destinations in Toronto because it has such an indie and non-commercial feel - There are record stores, vintage stores, unique arts spaces and venues, cafes, a variety of multicultural restaurants and street art. East Harbour needs to keep this similar funky and indie spirit and be a bit non-traditional. There would be a unique mix of arty-ness with these unique retail spaces as well as the contrasting entrepreneurial/suits and ties district with the large towers. This creates a district for all and would largely feel a mix of being commercial and unique.

Think about Identity — In 21st century cities, neighbourhoods say a lot about a city and what kind of city we live in. You have a chance to be funky, be arty, give young people a reason to want to create here and be part of this edginess. Your chain stores and cookie-cutter Zara’s and H&M, bix box retailers are repetitive and do not install uniqueness or a way of standing out and attracting people.