Celebrating Street Life

I was in Toronto last week for the Urban Agriculture Summit with my good friend Trevor Johnson and saw something interesting happening on Yonge Street. They call it Celebrate Yonge and it's a month long festival that organizers describe as:

"a community-based event in the heart of downtown Toronto. For four weeks the Downtown Yonge community invites Torontonians and visitors alike to experience a transformed Yonge Street. By expanding public space onto the stretch of street between Queen and Gerrard, Celebrate Yonge offers the opportunity for people to stop and enjoy this iconic downtown roadway."

It's kind of a mix of Car Free Day and Parking Day and effectively demonstraits what happens when we give more space to pedetrians (also known as people) in the downtown area. I was amazed to see light weight moveable furniture just sitting on the street at 1:00 AM in the middle of downtown Toronto. No one was abusing or stealing the Muskoka Chairs or the nice planter boxes.

I think it would be neat to see something like this happen on Richmond Street between Queen and York Streets and I'd be curious to know what others think.

Please enjoy some of the shots I grabbed of this innovative collabation.

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August 20, 2012 - 12:59pm

I think now that there are patios for restaurants (even if only a pilot project) there is a precedent for this in every day life.

Although, I can only imagine what the city's lawyers are thinking: liability, liability, lawsuit.

August 20, 2012 - 1:50pm

Kevin, thats what lawyers are trained to think! Left unchecked we'd be living in a very boring, sanitized world.

August 20, 2012 - 2:08pm

Insurance is just a line on the budget... there are lots of partners and sponsors in the Yonge Street example, it is just a matter of finding the friends to make something like this happen... when I walk down Richmond street, I am always thinking that people need more space...