Thursday, October 15, 2009

PDP #116: How Green Was Don Valley

My rather jaundiced opinion toward the Don Valley Parkway was not improved much last Friday, when I found myself standing on a standing-room-only GO Transit bus as far as Aurora - which wouldn't have been too bad, if it hadn't been for the holiday traffic just sitting and chilling on the lanes.

I came across an article in NOW Magazine today broaching the possibility of the Don River being included in Ontario's current Greenbelt legislation, environmental regulations restricting or prohibiting development in sensitive areas such as the Oak Ridges Moraine. The City of Toronto's Parks and Environment Committee is set to discuss the possibility of endorsing this idea today. It'd be good - though I can't help but wonder what the Don Valley might look like if the Don Valley Parkway didn't run through part of it. Maybe kind of like the Nordheimer Ravine, next to which the Don Valley would look like paradise had the Spadina Expressway been allowed to crash through it.

It's not as if the whole valley is developed. It's just that the most developed parts, like this portion immediately north of Queen Street East, are the easiest to find.

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1 comment:

  1. The Nordheimer ravine was mostly buried anyway, so that's not a great comparison.

    Same deal with the Castle Frank ravine (Rosedale Valley Road runs over top of it)