Paul Bedford’s Students to Participate in Tactical Urbanism and Placemaking Event

What: Tactical Urbanism & Placemaking – photo opportunities!

Where: Coxwell Station Laneway(Runs north/south, Danforth Ave to Strathmore Blvd)

When: Sunday November 16, 11AM-3PM

Background: In 2015, the TTC will add a new entrance to Coxwell subway. Beside the subway is a shabby, unsigned laneway used by hundreds of people on a daily basis. Last May DECA (Danforth East Community Association) & WoodGreen Community Services hosted a community consultation, as part of Art on the Danforth, asking for ideas to Improve the Laneway. Participants suggestions included both concrete solutions and innovative plans. Through collaboration with our city councilor, Janet Davis, the TTC, and Green P Parking, an amazing working group is up and running. But change will be slow coming.

Tactical Urbanism & Placemaking Event: DECA is collaborating with UofT prof and former chief planner Paul Bedford. He’s tasked his class with developing a vision and action plan for the Danforth East.  This Sunday, a team of graduate students will implement a Tactical Urbanism & Placemaking project to temporarily put in place some of the community’s hopes, dreams and recommendations, including cleaning, installing some temporary wayfinding signs, mirrors for blind corners, and generally decorating the area using fun and creative strategies. DECA’s events involve large crowds of neighbours getting together to work for the good of the community and we are anticipating a great turnout!

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For more information please contact:

Anita Schretlen, Chair, DECA, 416-316-4495
Sean House, UofT Grad Student, Event Organiser, 289-237-3755
Paul Bedford, Prof UofT, 416-432-7567
Gay Stephenson, Community Economic Development Coordinator, WoodGreen, 416-550-9383

The Danforth East Community Association represents 600 families living between Monarch Park and Main, Lumsden/Mortimer and the Go Train tracks. Since we were founded in 2007, we have started a popular farmers market, an annual arts and crafts fair, pop-up shop promotions and held many community festivals. Our mandate is to build a stronger, more vibrant, safe and walkable community, and to empower residents of our neighbourhood through community involvement.

WoodGreen Community Services is one of the largest social service agencies in Toronto, spanning 32 locations and serving 37,000 people each year. WoodGreen helps people find safe, affordable housing, seniors live independently, internationally-trained professionals enter the job market, parents access childcare, children and youth access after-school programs, newcomers settle in to Canadian life, homeless and marginalized people get off the streets and youth find meaningful employment and training.