Midtown in Focus Consultations
Davisville Parks and Public Realm Workshop
On November 19th, City Staff held a Parks and Public Realm Workshop at the Greenwood College School. The purpose of the workshop was to explore the Public Realm in the Davisville community. This event included community walking tours of the area and workshops focused on identifying opportunities for safer, better connected, more inviting and beautify public realm in the Davisville area. The format of the event consisted of an overview presentation, walking tours of the community, a workshop and discussion.
Summary of Comments by Theme
Participants identified the need for additional pedestrian connections, especially mid block. Also, participants indicated a need for better signage and identification of connections to the Beltline Trail already in existence and of existing pedestrian walkways which provide connections through the neighbourhood away from vehicle traffic.
Traffic congestion was highlighted as a particular concern. Especially at the intersection of Yonge Street. and Davisville Avenue. There were also concerns around the speed at which cars travel along residential streets in the area as well as the increased vehicle traffic on residential streets in response to increased congestion of the main arterial roads in the community.
Overall, the pedestrian experience was generally described as pleasant in the area. Although, the intersection of Davisville Avenue and Yonge Street was highlighted as an area of concern due to the traffic congestion and the limited width of the sidewalks. In general, sidewalk width was a concern especially around bus stops and schools. It was also indicated the better signage is required to indicate existing connections to the Beltline trail..
Overall, there was a clear desire for more and better cycling infrastructure in the area. Safety of cyclists and provision of cycling infrastructure was often cited as a concern in the area. Connecting the cycling infrastructure through Davisville, especially North and South in addition to the Beltline trail was mentioned repeatedly.
Landowners and Developers Consultation Meeting
One Novemeber 14th, City staff met with landowners and developers to consult on the Midtown in Focus Study.
North Toronto Memorial Community Centre Planners in Public Spaces (PiPS) Summary
Northern District Library Planners in Public Spaces (PiPS)
Northern Secondary School PiPS
North Toronto Collegiate Institute Planners in Public Spaces (PiPS) Summary
Between December 18, 2015 and February 7, 2016, the City Planning Division hosted an interactive online mapping tool to document the insights and priorities of stakeholders in Midtown. Approximately 900 people visited the site and respondents shared over 140 specific comments.
Below you will find a summary of the comments shared as well as the raw data from the mapping tool, which includes all of the individual comments.