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City says yes to RioCan, no to square

In Uncategorized on April 1, 2010 at 9:54 pm

After three hours of debate and several motions, city council this afternoon voted in favour of Councillor Karen Stintz’s motion to approve RioCan’s re-development application, which includes covering over most of the Yonge Eglinton square with retail. Councillor Michael Walker moved a motion of refusal and Council Cliff Jenkins moved a motion to have the decision deferred, neither of which carried.

The Yonge Eglinton Square Coalition — a group of residents representing the four quadrants of the Yonge Eglinton intersection — wants to thank all the volunteers who attended meetings and rallies, handed out flyers, made placards, wrote letters to council and called individual councillors in an effort to protect open space and save Yonge Eglinton square. Unfortunately the majority on council didn’t share our view.

Council votes tomorrow Apr. 1 at 9:30

In Uncategorized on March 31, 2010 at 3:48 pm

City council will consider RioCan’s re-development application for the Yonge Eglinton Centre including the square tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. in Council chambers, Queen and Bay.  Come out and watch the debate and vote. And show your support for the square by wearing green (but please, no hooting and hollering — against the rules 🙂

Yonge Eglinton square on sunny afternoon

Would you like a seat? YES!

In Uncategorized on March 20, 2010 at 7:34 pm

One of the arguments given for covering over the Yonge Eglinton square with retail is that the space is uninviting as it is. No question about that — for many weeks this winter its main attraction was a dumpster.

Open space needs seating not dumpsters.

People need somewhere to sit to rest, to people-watch, catch some Vitamin D-loaded sunshine, eat their lunch. In cities where outdoor seating is provided, not only do people love it, businesses do too because cafe seating in particular creates a buzz that brings more people in to shop.

When New York City department of transportation discovered that Broadway had only 15 cafe seats per 1000 yards, compared to 444 seats on Copenhagen’s Stroget and 353 seats on Melbourne’s Swanston St., it decided to improve. When the NYC Plaza Program (yes, NYC is building plazas throughout the city), seating was key. And locals and tourists flocked to the well-appointed outdoor spaces.

Join the YES Coalition on Facebook

In Uncategorized on March 19, 2010 at 6:32 pm

Join our group on Facebook and send to all your friends.