Urban places need to be designed around people, and not the motor vehicle.
But it was not just a road. It was an expressway - essentially a ramp to the Gardiner - pretty much for the sole purpose of diverting the Gardiner into downtown. It had little benefit to the local community, except putting an expressway ramp along the edge of the neighbourhood.I still dont understand till this day what all the negativity and red tape was about, of building this new road west from Bathurst to Dufferin St.
The Viaduct is such a ridiculous science-fiction concept. Billions of dollars to make an elevated highway more elevated. But now it will be higher and have cabling! And people will LIVE in the support pillars! And the robot butlers will make all our dreams come true.
When I think of tunnelling under the Gardiner, I think of Boston's Big Dig;
Lengthy, disruptive, hyper-inflated infrastructure project.
When I think of tearing down the Gardiner and improving Lake Shore Blvd, I think of New York's West side highway or San Fran's Embarcadero;
Both vibrant, public urban spaces.
Car ownership is on a decline and transit ridership in on the rise, despite low(er than usual) gas prices, increase in fares, and minimal improvements to transit infrastructure. Urban places need to be designed around people, and not the motor vehicle.
I don't see how a bridge across Humber Bay is warranted. and a 4km span? That's insanity! Sure it could be done with some engineering magic and nanotubes, but that money could be better spent on the DRL, Airport Rail Link, electrifying and grade separating our rail network, green infrastructure, promoting transit use through competitive travel times, providing safe bike routes, nuclear power, ect. ect.
I wouldn't exactly say the photo of the city is very photogenic and there's no body of water near it I think? Looks like an inner city photo. Anyhow why would we want to copy something like that
Who do you think drives these motor vehicles? Robots? Vegetables? Raccoons? No, it's people.
If you want to design urban spaces around people, you need to also design urban spaces around what people do, and like doing. That isn't so say that everything ought to be a drive-in, but it's just as unrealistic to assume that everything can be a street-car route, and a pedestrian walk-way.
For a city to thrive it needs multiple ways to move people and goods, and needs to give its citizenry the freedom to live their lives without undue programming.
Why do it? So that we can rehabilitate Lakeshore blvd as a grand boulevard and reintegrate it into the city's street grid. Right now Lakeshore blvd runs in the shadow of the Gardiner and splits and swerves at the whim of the Gardiner.