The Laneway Project
The Laneway Project is an innovative urban design and planning organization that is fundamentally changing Toronto's relationship with its laneways.
THEIR MANDATE IS TO:
• Plan and implement demonstration projects to improve and activate laneways throughout the city.
• Work with the City and other stakeholders to create laneway friendly policies and procedures.
• Inspire, empower and support communities in undertaking their own laneway improvement projects.
WHY DO THEY DO THIS?
Laneways have a huge amount of untapped potential. While currently acting primarily as service corridors, when planned and designed effectively they can be an integral and multi-purpose part of our public realm. Laneways can provide extensive cultural, economic, social, health and environmental benefits. They can play a role in creating engaging, lively and richly textured places where people want to live, work and visit.
IMPROVEMENTS TO LANEWAYS CAN PROVIDE:
1 Increased walkability and connectivity
2 New venues for community events and entertainment
3 Increased space for informal physical activity
4 New public and green spaces close to home
5 A canvas for public art and interventions
6 Unique destinations
8 Pop-up shops and micro-business opportunities
"Back alleys, neglected courtyards, and stairways may
escape our notice…yet if they are claimed, and owned, and developed,
they can be harnessed to strengthen and enrich their communities."
— (Placemaking and the Future of Cities, Project for Public Spaces, 2012; p.1)
Original material sourced from www.thelanewayproject.ca