Comment 110801

By jason (registered) | Posted April 01, 2015 at 10:04:20 in reply to Comment 110790

yes. I've been following that project. You are so right. Our empty parking lot district has so much potential. We don't even need to keep all through streets. Imagine that entire parcel of land as a blank slate. I'd love to see something like the Honest Ed's proposal, combined with a version of Portland's 'park blocks'.

For those not familiar, the Park Blocks are exactly as they sound. Several blocks in downtown Portland - one section in the north side of downtown, one in the south side, that were converted to linear parks.

They are narrow, yet house open passive lawns in the sun, walking paths, benches, kids playgrounds, sculptures and a strong focal point of large growth trees that line the central walking pathway.

Imagine adding a linear park like this through the centre of our parking district with future development framing either side of it?

Potential exists for others such as along Caroline St from York to Bayfront Park as part of the Barton/Tiffany redevelopment district.

Also, I'd love to see Jackson Street closed, torn up and converted to a linear park from John to City Hall, with all parking at city hall put underground to create a massive urban park framed by MacNab, Hunter, Bay, Main.

Comment edited by jason on 2015-04-01 10:04:51

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