The Roncesvalles BIA forms partnerships to help make our street beautiful
Change is upon us
The Roncesvalles BIA has learned that the TTC plans to replace the streetcar tracks along Roncesvalles in 2008 2009 (UPDATE: The project will likely be delayed. Click here for more details). There is a possibility that the City may decide to replace our sidewalks at the same time. This provides businesses, residents and other stakeholders with a unique chance to advocate for improvements along our street.
In 2003, the BIA released its Roncesvalles Streetscape Strategy, a vision for change along Roncesvalles. This plan was developed in consultation with businesses, residents and other stakeholders in our community. It is not a final vision, but represents the beginning of a dialogue between the BIA, the City and our neighborhood.
ABOVE: A typical intersection along Roncesvalles.
BELOW: The same corner, featuring a “bump-out,” an extention of the sidewalk into the road. The bump-out does not replace existing street parking, but does create extra space for street improvements. In this case, large trees are planted directly into the sidewalk, and are not constrained by the utility services that run below the main sidewalk. Alternative paving treatments enhance the space, encouraging creative new uses.
A joint design advisory committee was formed to help facilitate this dialogue. This committee includes members of the Roncesvalles MacDonnel Residents’ Association, the High Park Residents’ Association and the Sunnyside Community Association. Many committee members have a background in architecture and urban design.
The purpose of the committee will be to share information and viewpoints, and to work with city staff to help implement design changes on the street. By bringing together residents, business interests, city staff and Councillor Gord Perks’ office, we hope to facilitate communication and understanding between all stakeholders, and present a unified vision to city planners.
The BIA’s plan is available as a free PDF file here.