Toronto "Squandering" Stadium Opportunity

So says Ken Greenberg, a noted urban designer who resigned from the project after the city began moving forward with a conventional stadium plan rather than an urban facility with a mix of uses.

Tony Wong writes, "The resignation of Ken Greenberg is sure to ignite debate over the future of Toronto's urban renewal. Greenberg is part of the architectural team responsible for the master plan for the Lower Don Lands, a 125 hectare area at the mouth of the Don River that runs from the Parliament street slip to the Don Roadway and houses the Pinewood Studios film industry complex.

Greenberg said he's upset about the footprint of the stadium, saying it's massively oversized for the area being considered."

Full Story: Urban designer quits in dispute over waterfront sports complex

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Brent Toderian's picture
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Greenberg has great credibility and respect

I don't know all the details of this situation, but I know Ken well, and there's a reason why he's considered one of the "deans" of Canadian (and North American) urbanism. His great integrity and urbanist understanding.

Great cities are often shaped by moments of great integrity. Here in Vancouver, our late-60's freeway debates that led to us having no freeways today, were sparked in part by the Chair of our Planning Commission (the late Peter Oberlander, a great Canadian urbanist) famously resigning in open Council over the issue. Moments like that change things, and live on.

Kudo's to Ken. Hopefully this moment resonates in Toronto.

Brent Toderian
City of Vancouver Director of Planning

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