Monday, June 20, 2016

Don River changes in the Port Lands

Toronto is about to undergo massive changes to the Don River and the Port Lands as the city looks at naturalizing and creating a new channel for the river. There will even be a new island called Villiers Island. Hundreds of tiny blue flags have been planted on the east side of the street to show a new channel along Cherry Street, near the T&T Supermaket.

"The Port Lands was once the largest natural wetland in Lake Ontario. Beginning in the 1900s, this area was gradually infilled to make more land available to serve the city’s growing industrial and shipping sectors. Today, the Port Lands still serves as a working port and houses a variety of light industrial and other services; but, for the most part, it’s a massive underutilized, contaminated brownfield site in the middle of a flood plain."
By adding wetlands, open spaces and parks the city hopes to reduce the impact of flooding and open up additional development in the area. The area which is known for its beaches and view of Toronto's skyline will also see a considerable amount of mixed use residential and commercial development.

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