Toronto has long been scarred by the Gardner Expressway, much in the way Calgary is scarred by the rail line running through 10thish ave, only Toronto’s is much worse. Their waterfront is largely inaccessible by foot or car because of the Gardner expressway. City Council has long been trying to find a way to “fix the problem”. Here is there attempt. The intention is that “the park will remove a psychological barrier by converting the derelict space beneath the ramps into a bright, new neighborhood destination. “. While I am inclined to agree with them, I can hardly imagine wanting to go hang out beneath an overpass.
While I hope to avoid editorializing, I think the problem is the Gardner, not the shadow it casts. You can’t polish a turd nor can you make a freeway a “bright, fully accessible urban neighbourhood amenity that will contribute to the success of the developments being built in the community.”