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Yonge Love (Revealed!)

December 7, 2015 | Real Estate Stats

The Downtown Yonge BIA (Business Improvement Area) has recently released the results from their Yonge Love campaign that had been in the works since last year. It’s a report based on feedback received from the public via social media, in-person discussions at street-level, online surveys and more for the stretch of Downtown Yonge Street. It worked to engage people who interact with Yonge street on every level so that it reflected a broad range of thoughts from the individuals who live, work, visit or play in and around Yonge Street.

The City of Toronto has been making a conscious effort towards a revitalization initiative along much of Yonge Street from the Lake to Davenport ever since they began with the construction of Yonge-Dundas Square ten years ago, and this public engagement will help steer the neighbourhood in a direction that makes sense for everybody.

By the stats, here are the top items that stood out for people when discussing what needs to happen for Yonge Street:

  • Walkable neighbourhoods with wider sidewalks, more trees and a vibrant street experience
  • Programming, events and festivals along Yonge Street of various sizes and styles
  • A good mix of brand-name stores alongside artisanal shops & services
  • Using public space for pop-up galleries and markets while leveraging our limited green space
  • Properly managed intensification of the neighbourhood by way of proper adaptations to the existing infrastructure and that to come
  • Balance within the neighbourhood for all members of the public to be welcoming, accessible and inclusive

Some of the most interesting infographics are below showing how the public perceives how the neighbourhood should be, and what changes need to take place in order for that to happen:

The report is incredibly comprehensive in its detail and scope across its 80+ pages, so read and learn more by checking it out in full right here.

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