Frederick G. Gardiner, 1961. City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 220, Series 65, File 175, Item 17.
For years, the arguments over the Gardiner have boiled down to whether it should be maintained in some form to prevent excessive disruption to motorists; torn down, with traffic redirected; or rehabilitated creatively. The report issued this week joins a long line of documents, including studies overseen by the likes of David Crombie and Robert Fung. As Toronto Life concluded in 1993, “No matter what Toronto decides to do, it will be a prodigiously difficult project, politically and financially. It sounds as if it might require the skills of a politician as powerful and shrewd as, say, Fred Gardiner.”