My name is Brent Gilliard. I am a freshly-minted urban planner in Toronto. This is where I write, mostly about my adoptive city, to stay happy and sane. There is certainly no shortage of things to say about Toronto these days.
If or when Cumberland Terrace is redeveloped, I hope the city takes the opportunity to upgrade Cumberland Street itself. East of Bay Street, it’s a dead zone of unfriendly design—public and private—in an otherwise very walkable neighbourhood.
It’s also just looking a little tired and out of date. The purpose of this traffic sign, for example, could be accomplished so much more elegantly with a nice planted bollard.
And of course I hope the new building is required to actually address the street .