Toronto, Landscape & Urban Design

More reasons to live in Toronto:

The non-existence of any posts would lead you to believe I'm negligent but actually I just have an awesome life. No long boring monologues, just another reason I think Toronto is great: distinctive/unique neighborhoods!

I like downtowns. I like Toronto's downtown - it's busy and active and alive and still has some nice historic high-rises. I am also a big fan of trams, in spite of the fact that they slow traffic and make bike riding treacherous.

DOWNTOWN

There are weirdos, lots of construction, gridlock and shitty roads, but there is also the all-pervasive scent of hotdogs and steak, nattily dressed business people, lots of great places to eat ....& soon... better access to the waterfront via Queen's Quay!

Jed woke me up early one day to go for a walk so we could look at "the most beautiful tree in the world." 

PARKDALE

Sometimes beautiful and hip, sometimes creepy and disturbing. The surrounding streets are a mix of beautiful homes with carefully tended gardens, low-rent above-storefront apartments with peeling paint and crumbling facades, and high rise apartments with depressing looking frontages and piles of untended garbage. This mix is reflected in who you see on the streets - from the most hipsterish of hipsters to the oldest, most bent over people who somehow form a tight-knit community that is fighting against condo development and gentrification.  

Warehouses converted into.... offices? dwellings? It's not clearly evident from the street, but it's great that this district is kept in tact!

Warehouses converted into.... offices? dwellings? It's not clearly evident from the street, but it's great that this district is kept in tact!

LIBERTY VILLAGE

Distinct from the pretty awful condo development going on in what they call Liberty Village but is actually King West / Depressingville.  The real Liberty Village is a quiet, low-key, relatively untapped neighbourhood full of old brick warehouses that would make fantastic studio space for our design firm, were we to actually have one. I love the look of these old warehouses and I hope that developers can be beaten off before they raze this beautiful area. Some might think this area is a bit boring - no retail, not very much cafe life, but I think it's okay to have these kinds of neighbourhoods around. Keeping it real south of King St.