Comment 63222

By Mahesh_P_Butani (registered) - website | Posted May 08, 2011 at 23:20:04

Adrian, Thank you for shining a light on King Street East!

The state of storefront retail and streetscape in this stretch has done much to impact the perception of the entire city.

In view of the oncoming PanAM games, maybe it is time to look into 'crowdsourcing' the revitalization of this part of King Street East - and not depend solely on a budget strapped city to provide solutions to complex problems that face neighborhoods along this stretch.

Breaking down this fairly long (mixed residential/retail) stretch into conceptually manageable segments to create a series of visually identifiable neighborhood business districts - may lead to local residents & businesses taking ownership of their segment - upon which local community groups could then generate distinctly local identities & creative themes which are realized incrementally thru collaborative community efforts.

In the absence of strong Business associations / BIA districts in this stretch it may be worth looking at King Street East in smaller segments as below - and even possibly crowdsourcing an RFP via this forum, for ideas/maps/sketches to jump-start a very unique community driven solution to urban development:

-Kensington to Melrose Ave -9 City Blocks-(eg: Dunsmure Village?)

-Melrose Ave to Balsam Ave -3 City Blocks-(PanAM Village)

-Balsam Ave to Sherman -9 City Blocks-(eg: Barnesdale Village?)

-Sherman to Wentworth -8 City Blocks-(eg: Sherman Village?)

-Wentworth to Wellington -8 City Blocks-(eg:Wentworth Village?)

.......

-Wellington to James -8 City Blocks-(Intnl. Village + Gore, 4 Blks each)

Mahesh P. Butani

Comment edited by Mahesh_P_Butani on 2011-05-08 23:37:16

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