Are you in the shade?

How much sunlight will you lose when they build luxury condo towers at Bloor/Dufferin? Check out these GIFs

Having six towers, four of which range from 33 to 39 storeys nearby will cast some real shadows in our neighbourhood.

But who will end up in the shade?

Richard Male, a local resident, took data from a City of Toronto planning department website to create these graphs. The data is from official development proposals submitted to the City. 

One GIF is for the summer solstice, June 21, and the other for the fall equinox, Sept. 21.

Residents from Emerson to the north-west of Bloor/Dufferin and Havelock at Dufferin Grove Park south-east of Bloor/Dufferin will be in the shade for substantially more time than present. See if your balcony, garden or patio will be in the dark.

Richard has offered to prepare a winter solstice GIF which will indicate the shade thrown by the towers at a time of the year when the sun is at its weakest and catching a few, faint winter rays are our only hope.

It will be a GIF for Hallowe’en.

The grey shade in the GIFs is our present shadows. The blue and purple shadows indicate how much more of our homes will be in the shade with the building of the towers. Blue for the condo towers on the school land; purple for the proposed apartment towers on Dufferin Mall. 

Time is running out !

BBBD Calls Developers into Mediation Over Bloor Dufferin Site

Rainbow over Kent Public School. Sept. 23, 2019

After more than 20 meetings with the City, Councillor, and developers in the past year, BBBD has requested a mediation process. Talks stalled earlier this month when it seemed that the proposed settlement with the developer would create only a fraction of the affordable housing, community space, and green space that we know is achievable on the site. BBBD sees mediation as an opportunity to both demonstrate the viability of our community’s vision for the site and build a bridge to a workable solution. In hopes of arriving at an agreement quickly, we will go into mediation next week, on October 2nd.

We believe that the public land at Bloor and Dufferin has the potential to showcase an exciting new approach to redevelopment in Toronto that can help turn the tide on our housing crisis and the growing inequality in our city. Respected nonprofit housing developers have shown how we could build five times more affordable housing on the site than what’s currently on the table. We’ve endorsed a visionary plan that would see hundreds of units of affordable housing integrated into the 2,000 proposed condominiums, along with a beautiful, spacious community hub. This could be a new St. Lawrence neighbourhood—a truly inclusive community for residents across all income brackets, next to a subway station. What better use could we make of this public land? Read our entire fall newsletter.

Summer survey results

The results of our summer survey show we want affordable housing, community space and parks

See more survey results here

We asked—and you answered! BBBD’s summer community survey garnered more than 125 responses from people of all ages (half under 40) and all living situations (60% owners, and 40% renters). See the results here.

How high the sky?

Comparison of the towers coming to Bloor Dufferin

Richard Male, a local resident, put together this graph that illustrates how high the proposed condo and apartment towers are in comparison to existing buildings. The luxury towers slated for the school lands and the parking lots at Dufferin mall are way out of scale in comparison to what already exists in our neighbourhood.

On the left are existing high rises in our neighbourhood; 1140 Bloor, for example, is the New Horizon Towers.

B-Ball to condo sales

That lonely, but much-used, basketball net smack on the corner of Bloor Dufferin to become condo sales office. BCI grad Nick Vo shoots a few hoops 

Along with a proposed sales office for the condo towers, Capital Developments have also pitched an artist’s alley and market square in the form of container markets. 

Sufferin’ Dufferin 29

Our favourite bus route gets some needed attention

TTC Riders, a transit advocacy group, has stirred up a storm about our favourite bus route…the Sufferin’ Dufferin 29. That’s what one protestor wrote on a sign at a July 25 morning rush hour demonstration at the Dufferin station.

Here’s a CTV report and one from CityTV. But what about the developers proposing massive condo and apartment towers for our community, do they have a responsibility to improve our public transit. A few ideas about what they could do to help move buses and transit through the Bloor Dufferin intersection.

One thought on “Are you in the shade?

  1. Rebecca Hagey says:

    As the affordable housing advocate for the Toronto University Women’s Club I want to see Sistering and Romero House on Bloor Street benefit massively in the new scenario because of desperate need and well documented competence of these organizations. The YWCA is also a credible partner to develop affordable housing for women.

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