Finding green space in a cement jungle

by Mclout on October 6, 2016 - 7:43pm

Toronto has an increasing population. The problem with this is that it leaves a large about of people without access to outside space (green space). The article "Toronto striving for green space in a growing city" by Lauren Pelley points out that although Toronto has some wonderful parks, not everyone has easy access to parks. Old city plans did not include green space, and this is posing concerns for further development in the city. This problem is between citizens, municipal governments and developers. Land use planning in the growing city has become increasingly difficult and the municipal government is forced to be creative with new solutions. To tackle the green space problem, the city is looking at three main development projects. The first is a linear park, by making a park longer then it is wide, the hope is that it becomes more usable for activity. The next solution is a tower renal project. This involves residential towers to have open air access in some form to improve the livability of the space. This would include spaces for farmer’s markets and personal use. And finally the city is looking a lane way revitalization, this involves making lane ways more accessible and Turing them in to green space for children and makes the city more walkable.

The problem many face when moving to a big city is the lack of green space. Where do you go when you want to go for a walk or a bike ride? Where will your children pay? This issue poses conflicts. Green space allocation is of the responsibility of municipal governments in land use planning. But what do you do when the majority of your city has already been developed? Because there are many actors in the situation, there are conflicts. Some understand the problem differently; it is a problem of mental health, environment, and city planning. Some stakeholders value the green space for its contribution to environmental sustainability, others a place for kids to play. The issue, who should pay? Everyone benefits from the addition of green space; however, revitalization projects are costly. The news article focused on the issues to citizens, it failed to mention the environmental concern of lace of green space. This is a major concern with development. Removal of natural environments and carbon sinks is one of the ways development is degrading to the earth. There are many elements to the decision around green space, while this article outlined the solutions, it did not show how truly beneficial, and important the solutions will be, or the implication with getting there.

Pelley, L. (2015, April 12). Toronto striving for green spaces in a growing city. Retrieved October 01, 2015, from https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2015/04/12/toronto-striving-for-green-s...

Comments

Hi Mclout,

I found your post and topic both important, and an issue that almost anyone that has visited Toronto can understand. The city is overwhelming and requires a space for those to escape from the chaos Toronto creates. Your post was educational for myself since I was not aware of the several options of designing a green space in the city.

The two main issues that were addressed were the location, as well as who is responsible to pay or, who is willing to pay? In comparison to major cities with green space, I instantly think of Central Park located in New York City. According to the history of the park, it appears that funding is donated from corporations, individuals (artists/actors/wealthy people), and foundations. The park has established $875 million in funding up to the current date over the past 160 years. I understand that we are comparing one of the worlds leading cities to Toronto, Canada; however, an approach that the municipal government could promote is public interest. An incentive could be for those who contribute a distinctive amount of funding will receive a section of the park in their name.

Overall, the project to establish green space downtown Toronto would be outstanding. The park would benefit to be centrally located for many to be able to easily access the park. In addition, the city dynamic would alter towards a more positive city when ensuring an area for children to play, students to study, business oriented people to escape, and for the purpose to relax.

Paige

If you would like to know more about the central park information --> http://www.centralparknyc.org/about/?referrer=https://www.google.ca/

About the author

I am a fourth year environmental governance student. I am passionate about environment, and usuing reasources sustainably. I am from northern Ontario and hav a great appreciation for the outdoors and the beauty of nature.