Dufferin Street Avenue Study

Each one of Toronto’s Avenues is unique. The Dufferin Street Avenue Study, looks at the portion of that street between Highway 401 and Lawrence Avenue West. This 1.5 kilometre corridor evolved as an auto-oriented commercial strip, but has recently come under significant redevelopment pressure.

The greatest challenge of the project was to respond to the study areas’s highly asymmetrical condition: shallow parcels on the east side and very deep parcels on the west side, with both residential neighbourhoods and large employment lands in adjacency. DTAH produced a road map to help guide the evolution of Dufferin Street. This included a new streets and blocks framework, a parks and open space strategy to introduce more public green space into the community, an expanded pedestrian and cycling environment, and built form guidelines that defined a streetwall that both sides could achieve. Improvements to Dufferin Street were proposed to transform this vehicular only corridor into a Complete Street, with broad boulevards, dedicated cycle tracks and sufficient space to plant trees so that they may grow large and healthy, all while accommodating transit and other vehicle operations.

The final report includes recommendations for built form, land use, transportation, servicing infrastructure, streetscape design, parks and open spaces, and community services and facilities.

Location

Toronto, Ontario

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