Urban Planning Blog

Architecture and Urban Planning Blog for forward-thinking developers and innovative municipalities who want to achieve smarter density. 

King Street, Toronto / Jaffa Street, Jerusalem

Today Toronto started the King Street Transit Pilot, eliminating through-traffic on a section of King Street to allow the streetcars move more quickly. Although the project was scaled down from the ambitious fully pedestrianized King Street to only limits on through-traffic, we still think it’s

Part 01: Mid-rise Buildings That Work – The Guidelines

Map of streets designated as Avenues In 2023 the City of Toronto started a review process of the mid-rise building design guidelines, specifically, the rear transition performance standard. Here’s a quick recap: In 2010, the city of Toronto came up with a new initiative that

Part 02: Mid-rise Buildings That Work – The Problems

Pipeline development Mid-Rises: The How do We Grow 2019 (pg14-15) Lack of Development Let’s start with the amount of development. In the 4.5 year period between July 2010 and December 2014 (the last date for which the city published data), about 5,323 units in 59

Part 03: Mid-rise Buildings That Work – The Solutions

Until now, we discussed some problems with mid-rise development – now it’s time to propose some possible solutions. Some of the issues cannot be resolved in a simple manner, such as the costs of the safety measures that are required from buildings of this height

Part 04: Mid-rise Buildings That Work – Design Alternatives

The City is reconsidering the Mid-Rise Building Rear Transition Performance Standards and exploring the option of changing the zoning to allow them as-of-right on Avenues.  The city is seeking to provide flexibility in achieving rear transition and include alternative rear transition approaches—it is clearly the

Part 05: Mid-rise Buildings That Work –Solve The Deep Units

Possible Approaches to Solving Deep Units How to deal with the excessive depth and of units and the lack of balconies? One approach is to say that since there are willing buyers, there is no reason for intervention. We would normally accept such approach, however