12 June 2007, early morning
Kevin Beaulieu, one of Adam Giambrone’s assistants, has posted a detailed message on the Dufferin Grove mailing list about the Lansdowne Narrowing Project. I am still of the opinion this will be a good thing. (I’ve highlighted what I think is important in the message below.)
Just some quick clarification on the Lansdowne project—both the project itself and the consultation history.
The renewal project will mean improved streetscaping in the Bloor-Lansdowne- College neighbourhood, where it’s badly needed, including:
- wider driving lanes
- wider sidewalks
- parking bays
- pedestrian bump outs and improvements to the crosswalk at Whytock
- a new lansdcaped boulevard with trees and grass on the east side
- flower beds and entrance features on the west side in front of MacGregor Park, West Toronto Collegiate, and at Bloor and Lansdowne.
It will reduce the environmental footprint of the street, improve the aesthetics, and provide a safer environment for pedestrians, cyclists, children, seniors and the disabled.
These improvements will be achieved in part through the removal of one lane of parking on the east side. Currently, counts show that overnight parking is below half the available capacity, and will remain below capacity after the improvements are made.
Traffic counts show that the road is currently operating at roughly 1/3 capacity, and will operate at roughly 1/2 capacity after the improvements are made. In other words, Lansdowne is more than capable of handling the traffic.
This project was initiated as part of the regular road reconstruction maintenance schedule. Due to the efficiencies and cost-savings associated with making changes to a street that is already under reconstruction, this renewal is being achieved at no additional cost to taxpayers.
Although no consultation is formally required in law or policy for such a project, Adam considered consultation appropriate and took it upon himself to:
- Hold a public meeting at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 28, 2006. Flyers were distributed in both English and Portuguese and the meeting was well-attended.
- Canvass the street about the project in the lead-up to the November election. Subsequent declarations collected and provided by some community members confirm at the very least that this canvassing took place.
- Distribute a flyer on Lansdowne in April of 2007, in English and Portuguese, advising residents of the project and inviting further input.
A meeting with some residents who have requested one has been arranged for later this week. That was the nature of Adam’s commitment, conveyed by Chris at the BIG meeting, and he will keep it.
— Kevin Beaulieu to the Dufferin Grove Mailing list