For our inaugural article Ken Greenberg shares his vision for Fort York as the Green Heart of the city.
by Ken Greenberg
Having survived various onslaughts in the latter decades of the 20th century, Fort York is, remarkably, still relatively intact, and at the centre of one of the fastest growing areas in Toronto. From the Exhibition Grounds and the Armory to the emerging new Fort York neighbourhood, and the filling in of the west end of the railway lands east of Bathurst, this process is well underway. The greatest opportunities are still yet to come on the north side of the rail corridor from Spadina Avenue and the Wellington Place neighbourhood to the southern flank of the Niagara neighbourhood, the Ordinance Triangle, and the completion of the southeastern portion of Liberty Village. With its large landscape preserving vestiges of historic Garrison Creek and the original Lake Ontario shoreline, plus new “green fingers” that extend from it, Fort York can form a new “green heart” overcoming the barriers that have isolated and fragmented these lands for many decades.