City Council adopted the Carlaw + Dundas Community Initiative, put forward by Councillor Paula Fletcher, which establishes a vision for the Carlaw + Dundas community and identifies priority projects and strategies to implement improvements to public outdoor spaces in the area. As part of this larger initiative, a suite of public space improvement projects are being undertaken. These include design and upgrades to the Carlaw + Dundas Triangle (official name to be determined), Jimmie Simpson Park Gateway, and Badgerow Parkette. These projects are planned to integrate historical structures, features, and storylines into the design improvements and reflect community input.
In addition, streetscape guidelines are being developed that highlight the uniqueness of this area through design innovation and material choices that contribute to a ‘sense of place’ and form part of the historical, industrial and cultural narrative for Carlaw and Dundas.
A new signalized crosswalk has also been installed on Carlaw Ave, north of Colgate Ave. Thanks to all of you who advocated for this!
Heritage Study Report
Unterman McPhail Associates Heritage Resource Management Consultants participated as the Cultural Heritage Consultant. They completed a heritage study of the district to help inform the suite of public realm improvement projects that celebrate and highlight the area’s rich industrial heritage. Their work comprised the review of existing cultural heritage studies and local histories, city directories, historical mapping including the late 19th century and 20th century Goad’s Atlas fire insurance plans, aerial photography, a discussion with local historian Joanne Doucette and a pedestrian survey of the extant buildings, and remnant railway infrastructure complemented with photography and a brief architectural description. You can read the full report here.
In June 2018 the Dundas + Carlaw Heritage Plaque District was launched. Comprising ten plaques and a self-guided tour, it is the City’s first Heritage Plaque District.
In June 2019 Heritage Toronto launched their first digital tour, Dundas + Carlaw: Made in Toronto, providing an in-depth exploration of the neighbourhood.
Featuring a colourful design with playful animations, all set within a map of the area, this 11-stop tour showcases buildings that housed industry giants like Rolph-Clark-Stone, the 1950s graphic design firm; Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co., the chewing gum company known for its marketing and advertising campaigns; and Reliable Toy Co., innovators of the first plastic toys in Canada. The tour also provides insight into factory life, detailing the everyday experiences of the workers through archival images, never-before-seen video, and first-hand accounts.
Carlaw + Dundas Triangle
The triangular parcel of land west of Carlaw Avenue, north of Dundas St. East, and south of Dickens Street has been acquired by the City. It is currently a remnant and derelict property, but will be transformed into an iconic, urban outdoor gathering space that reflects the vibrancy of the community and strengthens the neighbourhood’s character. The overall design will be inspired by a new Signature Marker installation which was selected through a competitive process.
Click here to view the final conceptual designs for the Carlaw + Dundas Triangle.
Internationally-acclaimed Toronto artist and designer Pierre Poussin has been chosen to design the Signature Marker, a 9.2 metre-high brick obelisk. Click here to read more about the winner and the design.
Jimmie Simpson Park Gateway
A new entrance to Jimmie Simpson Park will be created to form a welcoming and accessible gateway into the community’s largest recreational greenspace.
View the final conceptual design here.
Badgerow Parkette, located on Toronto Hydro property on the northeast corner of Carlaw and Badgerow, will be undergoing upgrades as part of the public realm improvements.
View the final conceptual design for Badgerow Parkette here.
Streetscape improvements have been made on the west side of Boston Avenue, including new plantings, and an informal pathway that respects the existing trees.
East End “Bridges to Art” Underpass Project
This is a project I initiated in 2017 with the idea of painting a series of murals on the rail bridges in the neighbourhood as part of the Carlaw Dundas Community Initiative. The project has grown to include all nine rail bridges in Ward 30 from Eastern Ave to Coxwell Ave. Click here for more details.