Almost 25 years ago, globally renowned urbanist Jane Jacobs helped convince the city of Toronto to breathe new life into 400 acres of moribund industrial lands straddling Toronto’s financial core by opening up zoning permissions to permit anything that was not noxious and instead focusing on targeted performance standards. The resulting “Kings,” otherwise known as King/Spadina on the west and King/Parliament on the east, is one of the most impactful case studies in successful economic stimulus in Toronto’s history. In the time since, about 50,000 residential units have been built or are in the pipeline, and more than half of the residents in the Kings walk to work in jobs largely in the cultural, creative, and tech sectors. This tour will explore how the Kings transformed the livability of downtown and jump-started a seemingly unstoppable momentum for downtown living and working.
Tour Cost: US$125 per person, which includes lunch.
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