“In Markham Street Village, the way those front yards of former residences have been made into wide sidewalks – marvelous for window shopping, for sitting around in… This is not usual in most cities today.”
Jane Jacobs, “The Way It Is,” CBC, March 2, 1969

UPDATED PROPOSAL:
THE NEW MARKHAM STREET

As proposed in the original rezoning application, Markham Street will be designed as a pedestrian oriented public realm inspired by its heyday, when artists took over front lawns to create wide sidewalks and community gathering spaces. The revised proposal builds upon and enhances the original concept.

Additional heritage retention along Markham Street and at the corner of Bloor and Markham help further define Markham Street and reaffirm the tangible and intangible history that has defined the site. The retention of the full 3-dimensional form of heritage buildings on the east side of Markham has opened up the street and enhanced the scale and transition to the surrounding residential neighbourhoods.

The deletion of a number of proposed buildings on the west side of Markham Street allows for additional heritage buildings to be retained and for the creation of a large new on-site public park opposite Mirvish village Market.

  • Markham Street will become pedestrian-oriented – curbless, with no distinction between sidewalk and street – and will be able to be closed to traffic for a broad range of activities, such as markets, cultural events and community festivals.
  • Inspired by its heyday, when artists’ studios took over front lawns to create wide sidewalks and community gathering spaces, the vehicle right of way will be shifted to the west, providing room for generous restaurant patios, landscaping, and informal seating areas on the east side where afternoon sun exposure is greatest.
  • Markham will feature a series of outdoor “rooms”, each with a distinct character structured by the layout of street trees, selection of materials, design of street furniture, and lighting. These rooms, with themes such as “play”, “lounge”, and “patio”, will activate the streetscape at all times of the day.
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