Rail Deck Park: Priorities and Principles

Following defeat of the a vision for a Rail Deck Park, we should not consider this the end of securing bigger and better parkland in downtown Toronto.

#metroscapes 2020 in review

2020 was garbage. Most annual reflections will have that message. It caused me stress in my professional and personal life, but looking back, I didn’t do too bad in terms of exploring the local metroscapes. This was my first full calendar year living in the Tri-Cities, and adjusting to the shift. It was my opportunityContinue reading “#metroscapes 2020 in review”

Crossing the Line

A detailed analysis of Toronto’s highways and railways, and their impact on walkability.

Parks and Pandemics: The Need for Open Space Laid Bare

I started walking around Toronto over 6 years ago, well before I started this site. As I started covering more of the city, I had a vision for what a top-tier trail system could look like, using and connecting the city’s ravines, utility corridors, shoreline and other open spaces. And I was groundtruthing how manyContinue reading “Parks and Pandemics: The Need for Open Space Laid Bare”

The Ins and Outs of Lake Ontario

Note: This post was first published on June 1, 2019 with data available from May 30, 2019. It was updated on June 3, 2019 with the latest data available, and improved graphs. It was updated again on June 5, 2019, July 2, 2019 and February 17, 2020 to reflect new height records and revised dataContinue reading “The Ins and Outs of Lake Ontario”

Pan Am Path: An Update on our Legacy

Note: This post was originally published in February 2019. It was updated in May 2021 to reflect some completed work. Toronto hosted the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games in 2015. To pull off such a large sporting event, Toronto invested in several facilities where the games would happen, to be reused for community benefitContinue reading “Pan Am Path: An Update on our Legacy”

Golf: The Scourge of Ravines

Let me make it very clear: I don’t like golf. It’s nothing to do with the game itself, but for the fact that it is a land hog, exclusive to one sport and restricted to private members, with no space afforded to the general public (full disclosure, I don’t play typical golf, but a derivative:Continue reading “Golf: The Scourge of Ravines”

#metroscapes 2018 in Review

2018 marks the first full year of #metroscapes, a brand I launched in November 2017 to organize the hundreds of kilometres of hiking I had done in Toronto, and to represent their theme: the exploration of where natural and built environments collide. And with this new brand, I started upping my game. I started planningContinue reading “#metroscapes 2018 in Review”

Public Review: A Regional Trail Strategy for Toronto

The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) has released a draft of the Trail Strategy for the Greater Toronto Region (Trail Strategy). As someone who has accumulated over 1,000 kilometres of hiking experience across Toronto, I wanted feedback based on these experiences, specific to the proposed regional trail network within the City of Toronto, andContinue reading “Public Review: A Regional Trail Strategy for Toronto”