Day: May 3rd
Start Location: North Kipling Community Centre, at 2 Rowntree Rd, Kipling and Rowntree Rd, North of Finch.
End Location: Albion Centre Food Court
Photos from the walk by Jesse Colin Jackson
Perhaps the two physical features that distinguish Toronto are it’s extensive ravine system flowing throughout the city, and it’s heritage of nearly 1000 high-rise ‘tower in the park’ apartments found throughout the region. On Kipling Avenue, north of Finch, these two features merge, creating one of Toronto’s most unique neighbourhoods.
Home to thirteen thousand living in nineteen towers, it is one of Toronto’s largest apartment clusters. Arranged along the Humber Valley, these towers sit in an almost agrarian setting. The result is what may be the uniquely Toronto phenomenon of the ‘Tower on the Ravine’.
Twenty kilometres from downtown, the area’s apartment clusters have nearly three times the density of a downtown neighbourhood like the Annex. Home to same number as Port Hope Ontario, the area is a city within a city.
On May 3rd, a walk has been organized in this remarkable area of Toronto, hosted by ERA Architects, along with geographers, community leaders, city staff and more. The tour will focus on the tower neighbourhood and its relationship to the Humber Valley. It will also discuss the potential evolution of this neighbourhood through the lens of the Tower Renewal Project – an initiative promoting vibrant, self-sufficient and sustainable apartment neighbourhoods across the region.
More information on the walk can be found here.
About Jane’s Walk:
Jane’s Walk is a series of free neighbourhood walking tours that helps put people in touch with their environment and with each other, by bridging social and geographic gaps and creating a space for cities to discover themselves.
About Kilping and Steeles: