No development proposal has captured the attention of Torontonians quite like theatre baron David Mirvish’s King Street West proposal designed by Toronto-born Starchitect Frank Gehry. Adam Vaughan is hosting a public meeting at City Hall on the proposal this Tuesday and unfortunately I leave town on Monday and won’t be able to attend. I’d recommend checking it out because:
a) I foresee lots of yelling and screaming, which should ensure an interesting time.
b) This proposal is just what the city needs. The design has some flaws, I imagine, and I’d like to learn more about the technical work that went into putting this plan together. However, a landmark mixed use development right on the subway line that provides more art and culture amenities in the John Street corridor would be a tremendous addition to Toronto’s downtown.
It may not be perfect, and Gehry is consistently criticized for the poor structural quality of his architecture, but the fact that this type of development is proposed is a great sign for this great city.
Invitation to the Tuesday’s public consultation located here.