The Perfect Partnership for the Times
The City of Toronto is the 4th largest city in North America. Mexico, New York, Los Angeles & then Toronto; and yet what makes Toronto so special & so unique, is that Toronto it is still known as the “City of Neighbourhoods”. Toronto’s 82 Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) are at the heart of those neighbourhoods.
The West Queen West (WQW), the Art & Design District, the Creative Heart of Toronto is one of those neighbourhoods. WQW is the 2 kilometre stretch that runs along Queen Street West form Gladstone Avenue to Bathurst Avenue, and it members share the same philosophy; every day is a day to celebrate “Art & Culture”, all the while bringing commercial success to everyone in the neighbourhood.
West Queen West (WQW) has joined the City of Toronto’s Bee City initiative. WQW, working along with Green Gardeners, have made sure that all 77 WQW planters have been planted with plants that will attract the over 300 species of Bees and hundreds of other pollinators. The 2 kilometre stretch on Queen Street West from Bathurst to Gladstone has become a pollinator paradise.
“Its super important for the general public to understand the importance of pollinators and bees in our city and this gives WQW a lovely opportunity to educate folks about the importance of bees with respect to food sustainability and food supply” Justin Di Ciano, Councillor Ward 5, City of Toronto
Did you know that the City of Toronto is making pedestrian-focused design a key part of new developments in the city?
This approach is very different from the 1950s when suburban areas like Etobicoke were developed with the automobile in mind. Chief City Planner, Jennifer Keesmaat, believes that cities should be designed for people and not for cars. For years Keesmaat has been a proponent of getting kids to walk to school. And she cycles all over the city to get her job done collaborating with city departments, councillors and educating the public. In her efforts to design what she calls, “complete communities”, pedestrians take precedence.
By championing a BIA web HUB for Janes walk, the Village of Islington promotes walkability in the city. So far five BIAs including Riverside, Dundas West, Little Portugal, Toronto Financial District and the Village of Islington
BIAs participating in this city-wide event from May 6th to the 8th, 2016 believes in the core values of Janes walk “citizen-led walking tours towards community-based city building”.
Village of Islington sponsor Jane’s walk