Greening

ANALYSIS

The Greening Eglinton theme overlaps with Building and Travelling Eglinton. Opportunities have been identified, from tree planting at stations, greening the public realm, and creating new open spaces, to establishing public plazas within building setbacks and green roofs with new development.

While Toronto’s evolution has always been strongly influenced by its valley systems, the city’s relationship between neighbourhoods and the ravine topography has never been fully realized.

Map of green assets along the corridor, with identified high-level opportunities. Click to enlarge

Map of green assets along the corridor, with identified high-level opportunities. Click to enlarge

Through the Greening Eglinton theme, the Study focuses on streetscapes and ravines as the foundation for a transformed public realm and built form that will allow the City to grow while improving quality of life. The outcomes of the analysis for greening will inform the development of plans for the public realm, as well as built form.

Eglinton traverses Toronto's key ravines, which are key natural assets for greening the corridor and the city

Eglinton traverses Toronto’s key ravines, which are key natural assets for greening the corridor and the city

The analysis for greening of the public realm considers three main landscape conditions for the Eglinton corridor, each of which requires a unique response: valleys, main street, and surface light rail transit. The entire corridor can be conceived as an elongated green connection – a public link between the city’s natural assets.

Within the valley landscape condition, new connections to the ravines and extensions of the natural areas up to the tablelands and street are envisioned. Eglinton can provide a green public realm that continues seamlessly into the city’s ravines, connecting the Humber and Don River valleys and beyond.

Consideration of the main street condition includes opportunities to augment the street with “big trees” and new open spaces at Crosstown stations.

Where the Crosstown emerges from the tunnel at Brentcliffe Road and travels east on the surface within a dedicated median, a transformative opportunity exists to green the streetscape by planting the trackway with grass or sedums similar to dozens of other cities around the world, including those in cold climates. This is a unique opportunity to transform the underutilized segment of Eglinton Avenue from Brentcliffe Road to Kennedy Road to a high amenity mixed-use corridor in a manner that will leverage high quality development.

An example of a surface Light Rail Transit (LRT) trackway with a green surface. Click to see other examples from around the world

An example of a surface Light Rail Transit (LRT) trackway with a green surface. Click to see other examples from around the world

Opportunities in private development can also make a significant contribution to Greening Eglinton, such as green roofs, adopting green standards, and being part of green linkages along the corridor.

Continue reading by visiting the analysis of Travelling.

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