Surely, there are people who have found themselves benefitting from the woesome vulnerability of our minority government: Stephen Harper, Jack Layton, Bono, and now, the Toronto Waterfront Revitaliation Corp. In most likelihood as a result of the government’s fear of an election, $20.5 million in public funds was committed last week to the cleanup of the portlands, allowing the undertaking to switch from years of tedious planning to preliminary action. $20.5 million is merely a dent in the unimaginable cost of fully restoring the waterfront, but at very least is a dent which will allow cleaning and restoration of Unwin, Leslie, and Cherry Streets.
Also: We recently learned that Mayor Miller had proclaimed May to be a city-wide ‘Festival of Architecture and Design’, culminating with Doors Open at the end of the month and the Architecture and Urban Design Awards May 16th. A full list of events is available here.