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Defining the Public Realm Plan

“Defining the Public Realm” was created in 2003 for the Culture Division, Economic Development, Culture and Tourism Dept., City of Toronto. It is a companion to the 2002 plan “Canada’s Urban Waterfront,” which studied opportunities for new initiatives available across the GTA’s extensive lakeshore.

“Defining the Public Realm” follows up by looking at the diversity of heritage and contemporary communities on Toronto’s waterfront, the natural and cultural corridors connecting Toronto to the Lake, and the opportunities available along the “spine” of Lakeshore Blvd. and Kingston Rd., which together link communities and landscapes all the way from Etobicoke to Scarborough.

The report concludes with a series of recommendations for integrating heritage and development along Toronto’s waterfront in service of a more vibrant, more valued, and better utilized cultural landscape and the lake.

View a PDF of “Defining the Public Realm.”

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2003 (02-036)