Toronto City Council Decides to Rebuild Gardiner East Expressway

Coulda, woulda, shoulda. The Toronto City Council sided with Mayor John Tory this week to rebuild an elevated freeway in downtown rather than tearing it down.
June 12, 2015, 1pm PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"In a 24-21 vote yesterday, the Council opted to rebuild the aging Gardiner with some minor modifications instead of pursuing the “boulevard” option that would have removed a 1.7-kilometer segment of the highway," according to an article Tanya Snyder.

"Replacing the elevated road with a surface street would have cost $137 million less upfront (in Canadian dollars) than rebuilding it, and nearly $500 million less in total costs over the next 100 years," according to Snyder.

Earlier in the week, Jennifer Pagliaro reported that the debate over the fate of the Gardiner Expressway had caused a rift between Mayor John Tory and Toronto chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat (the latter supported removal of the elevated highway). Mayor Tory publically questioned the lengths to which public servants should go in debating elected officials over policy issues. Supporters of Keesmaat launched a #ThankYouJen hashtag to express support for her actions.

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Published on Thursday, June 11, 2015 in Toronto Star
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