The redevelopment of Market Street sets a precedent in Toronto for the creation of mixed use, multi-purpose and flexible public streets. Located in downtown Toronto, Market Street is a short but active little street defined by historic St. Lawrence Market on the east side and by a continuous series of historic commercial buildings along the west being occupied by restaurants and other retail outlets.
A unique feature of the street is its built-in flexibility. During the summer months, pedestrians will use the winter parking lane and the sidewalk will be occupied by outdoor restaurant patios. During that time, the sidewalk will be defined by removable bollards and the patios by metal panels.
The street and sidewalks feature concrete unit paving laid on a concrete base. Barrier curbs have been replaced by rows of bollards to provide a continuous surface along the full length of the street. Pavers have been selected and organized to reflect the heritage context, and also to clearly indicate pedestrian and vehicle zones in full compliance with the most stringent AODA guidelines.