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Bloor & Dufferin: The place to be in Toronto



June, 2019

With a population of about 2.7 million people, Toronto is one of the most exciting destinations in North America . The city has grown to become a global hub of business, technology, arts and culture. With the influx of immigrants from across the world it has fast reached the top slot for the most cosmopolitan and multicultural cities in the world.

The Toronto city limits stretch 21 km north-south and 43 km east-west. The long waterfront on the shore of Lake Ontario is home to the sheltered and beautiful Toronto Harbour, with the rest of the city featuring mostly flat or gentle hills sloping away from the lake.With a vibrant performing arts scene, bustling film industry, and busy festival season - Toronto prides itself on excitement and culture all year round.

Toronto is now officially a city of 140 distinct neighborhoods. And one of the fastest growing neighborhood areas can be found at south west downtown area located along Bloor Street from Lansdowne Avenue to Dufferin Street is the #BloorDufferin street. The street starts at the foot of Lake Ontario, continues north to Toronto's northern boundary at Steeles Avenue with some discontinuities and continues into Vaughan, where it becomes York Regional Road 53. Toronto is witnessing this transformational project looking to implement mixed-use development.This project is becoming a world-class example of community-oriented, pedestrian-first urban design. It would see the construction of 9 new buildings on the site, ranging in height from 6 to 40 storeys, aiming to create a complete mixed-use community with residential, retail, office, community spaces proposed, and the adaptive reuse of the Kent Street Public School as per the revised plan submitted by builders Capital Development and Metropia, reports Urban Toronto. Special mention for Dufferin Grove Park which gives a boost to the green cover of the area. The park is on the east side of Dufferin Street, south of Bloor Street West. It is located a block south of the Dufferin subway station and across the street from Dufferin Mall.

The builders of the project maintain that the goal of this project is to create one of the best examples of urban master planning in the country. The guiding principles have been enhanced to improve the retail experiences, celebration of heritage , improving integration and placemaking and promoting sustainability and increase inclusivity. This is well highlighted with the changes made to the existing redevelopment plan showcasing new feature’s new ground-level retail, housing, public gathering spaces and the integration of heritage elements while allocating space for a community hub. Two new north-south streets will connect Bloor Street to Croatia Street, opening the block to pedestrians and creating a vibrant and connected development that will enliven the corner of Bloor and Dufferin.