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Toronto Tuesday : Gardiner Expressway, Street food, and Scarborough Bluffs

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Each Tuesday, Spacing Montreal will share with you some posts from our sister blog, Spacing Toronto. We hope it will enable constructive dialogue on the urban issues faced by both cities, though we’ll settle for some witty jibes against la Ville reine in the comments.

The future of the Gardiner Expressway : The Gardiner Expressway, Toronto’s elevated highway (much like the Metropolitain here), will be dismantled between Jarvis Street and the Don Valley Parkway. In its place is planned an 8 lane boulevard that should see traffic within 4 years. In an other Gardiner related story, the Front Street Extension has been now cancelled due to a redistribution of funds.

Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this (food) wall! : This story follows the ongoing hickups concerning food vending on the streets of Toronto. Spacing contributors find themselves agreeing with the most unlikely characters in what should have been a straightforward issue (including tantalizing not-only-sausage regulation, permit issuing and cart design).

Ruins along the Scarborough Bluffs : Shawn Micallef spent Sunday walking the Scarborough Bluffs or what appears to him as the most “remote part of Toronto”. He stumbled upon a rare find: public works ruins. The photos are quite stunning even for somebody who has lived in Toronto. For Montrealers they show a part of Toronto that is -completely- off the tourist map.


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