With Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam and Architects Ken Greenberg and Michael McClelland
Saturday, May 4, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Meet at Yorkville Public Library (seen in photo), 22 Yorkville Avenue
Yorkville, one of Toronto’s most historic and culturally rich neighbourhoods, has seen dramatic transformation over the past two hundred years and remains subject to further change. But is this change sustainable?
Growing from a mixed industrial and suburban area in the 1830s, to the hub of bohemian culture for famous Canadian writers and activists including Margaret Atwood and Neil Young in the 1960s, Yorkville began to take on the cultural and commercial landscape of today in the 1980s with the arrival of internationally renowned designers, high-end shops, cafes, galleries, and residences.
Intense commercial and residential development continues today within the neighbourhood from Yonge Street to Avenue Road, Bloor Street West to Davenport Road.
While the strong retail presence and heritage characteristics have generated tourism and contributed to a vibrant neighbourhood, it has also brought intense residential development pressures for pedestrians, business owners, vehicle drivers, and challenges from a streetscaping and urban design perspective.
On Saturday May 4, 2013 join Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam and Architects Ken Greenberg and Michael McClelland for a walking conversation of pedestrianization efforts and how the future of Yorkville can be shaped in the context of current development proposals, while taking in the unique sights of heritage buildings including the Yorkville Public Library, Heliconian Hall, and the award-winning Village of Yorkville Park.