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Turning Toronto’s industrial zones into communities of the future

By January 15, 2018 No Comments

Leading urbanist Ken Greenberg authored a policy paper outlining how Toronto could follow the success of the “Kings Project” with creative re-zoning of its older industrial lands.

 

A new paper by Ken Greenberg, Vice Chair of the Ryerson City Building Institute (CBI), outlines how under-utilized industrial sites could become Toronto’s communities of the future. Drawing on lessons learned during the redevelopment of Toronto’s “Kings” (King/Spadina and King/Parliament), Greenberg explains how a mix of housing, office, and retail development could usher in vibrant new communities. He also warns that current rules prevent creative re-zoning and development initiatives from using land more effectively to provide much needed housing and jobs. “More than a desk and a parking spot: Tapping into the Region’s Employment lands” was released in December 2017, just as Toronto City Council considered a report on the Port Lands Planning Initiatives project.