Urban Design

Civic Improvement Program

  Civic Improvements Projects

The Civic Improvement Program is a modest but high value-added capital program administered by Urban Design, City Planning that significantly enhances the on-going capital programs of other departments as well as Business Improvement Areas' initiatives and private sector city-building activities. Broadly speaking, civic improvement projects can be grouped into three general categories:

  1. Places - "Places" is a Project Theme defined by opportunities to create outdoors "rooms" or distinctive "locations" in the public realm that enhance the quality of the pedestrian environment.

  2. Routes - "Routes" is a Project Theme that focuses on the opportunities for urban design improvements to the major elements of the City's street system where vehicular and pedestrian volumes are greatest.

  3. Districts - "Districts" is an integrated Project Theme comprised of interconnected and interrelated areas and neighbourhoods. Many Districts are areas being revitalized through major planning and development initiatives that often include streetscape enhancement.

Related Materials

Strategic Opportunities for Civic Improvement:

Strategic Opportunities for Civic Improvement: Maps

Examples of Civic Improvement:

Places: Browns Line at Lakeshore Blvd. - Before


Places: Browns Line at Lakeshore Blvd. - After




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