DAWN TILL DUSK
DUSK TILL DAWN
At Dawn, the transit nodes of both Dundas and Queen channel the working and student population to their respective destinations. The multiple transit access points accommodate for a constant flow of persons into the street. At this point, the people are on the ground and begin to navigate the corridor. Shops and businesses alike flip their signs to open, the lights come on, doors unlock, and the street begins to thrive. ACTION!
At Dusk, the workers of the day return to their transit corridors to begin there voyage back home, potentially after having a brief “Happy Hour” with their colleagues to unwind. Nevertheless, the street does not punch out. Instead, it now turns on its florescence, and rids itself of the dark. The street comes alive once again, and opens its arms to accommodate those who are seeking to play for a little while longer. The notion of dusk never comes.
The levels of on street theatrics are not however dispersed evenly among both frontages of Yonge. To the EAST, a heterogeneous set of frontages is where an onlooker can see the ins and outs of patrons and their daily routine. To the WEST, an onlooker loses sight of the patrons which enter the downtown Eaton Center Mall.
It is now the pubs that turn on the taps to activity to help keep up the momentum of the shops for a few more hours. After the 9 o’clock closing time of shops and malls, their onus now remains in lighting the street with their signage, providing light and security to its patrons. During the late hours of the day, shopping is no longer the focus. Instead, the Yonge Corridor demonstrates it grandeur through its heights and light show. Complemented also by the lights of moving traffic, and a constant stream of pedestrians, the street gets a second wind of life. This is not a 9 to 5 district; it is quite the opposite in fact.
I present you the dichotomy of the EAST and the WEST frontages of Yonge Street. The EAST is transparent in showing its daily activities, embracing the openness of the street. The WEST, encloses its patrons from view, and only provides a glimpse into its hold through large pane sterilized glass walls. In the WEST, the romance of the street is reduced to a main utilitarian throughway; DOMMAGE...
CORRIDOR SECTION & PUBLIC/PRIVATE SPACE PUBLIC REALM
ON THE GROUND ACTIVITY
DUNDAS ST E
STUDY AREA WELLINGTON
RICHMOND ADELAIDE KING FRONT
FRONT GARDENER EXP.
FINDING THE CORRIDOR
Finding the Yonge Street Corridor is
The City of Toronto Official Plan
as simple as walking; biking; or riding the subway or streetcar, to Toronto’s very own Time Squar Dundas Square.
Accordingly, the area is entirely zoned COMMERCIAL RESIDENTIAL (CR), and is attributed significant levels of densities for both commercial and residential uses. The permissible heights within the area range from 20 meters along the corridor, to over 76 meters in corner lots.
MASSING UP !
EAST OR WEST ?
The impacts of infill-development
Each side of the corridor has a distinct
along the corridor over the past several decades are apparent. Some interventions were organically grown and more sympathetic to past built fabrics, and other interventions have left fewer traces of the past.
The hustle and bustle of the area is immediately apparent. Buskers are playing their homemade drums; artists paint the public throughways; advertisements surround you at every level; religious zealots spread the word; and a concert is playing in the square. At this juncture, it is now time to decide where you want to venture off.
designated the majority of the Study Area as MIXED USE. There are three public PARKS – one to be consumed by a new condo development – which currently break up the continuous corridor.
TRINITY SQUARE PARK
MIXED-USE AREAS RESIDENTIAL PARKS
QUEEN ST W
For the most part, the massing of buildings along the corridor are sufficiently stepped back to avoid an overbearing impact on the pedestrians realm of the area. However, there is a clear distinction between the Easterly and Westerly corridors in terms facade activity and massing.
character. To the West, the Eaton Centre consumes that majority of the corridor. Its podium weighs in at 20 meters and its facades are relatively homogenous, making it marginally bearable for pedestrians to walk along. To the East, the massing begins with medium density commercial building, their heights weighing in at 10-16 meters which increase incrementally on approach to Queen Street, eventually reaching heights of 35+ meters. The facades to the east are far more heterogeneous, making walking far more enjoyable.
MAJOR & MINOR LANDMARKS
AUTOMOBILE & BIKE FLOWS
TTC TRANSIT NODE
TTC - STREET CARS/SUBWAY
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