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this summer toronto held a test of plans to remodel the central strip of queens quay (pronounced "key"). these changes were suggested as part of west 8's winning entry for the central harbourfront redesign competition.
the test ran from august 11th to the 20th, and included replacing one eastbound lane with grass, a row of geraniums, and the missing link in the martin goodman trail.
this test cost several million dollars, so there was plenty of flashy marketing. the marketing seemed to do its job, as there were tons of people testing out the new amenities when i dropped by. if judged successful, the 'quay to the city' changes could be made permanent in some form within a couple of years.
here's the map:
and my photos:
the official page (with survey):
did you check out 'quay to the city'? what did you think?
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kricket: 16th Oct 2006 - 01:30 GMT
i meant to go to that but i never got around to it. this is the first i've heard about what went down at queen's quay.
i like the way the grass looks a lot. the bike tower seems like a bit much though. of course, it would be novel if you could grab a bike from it at one end, cycle down queen's quay blvd, and then drop it off at the other end (or can you?).
zagg: 16th Oct 2006 - 02:02 GMT
funny, dispite the times i've been to toronto (i live 3 hrs south-west) ---- I never knew thats how you pronounce queens quay.
i still want to pronounce how it looks.
jeeff: 16th Oct 2006 - 12:44 GMT
kricket - you couldn't, but i like your idea. i don't think the bike towers will be incorporated into the permanent version.
chiamattt: 16th Oct 2006 - 22:11 GMT
You cannot walk on the grass in Seoul. Grass is at a premium here. You pay about 30cents to go into a walled park to walk on designated paths. There are benches to sit on...but don't think of stepping over the cute fence to sit on the grass. They pay old people to shoe you away.
zagg: 16th Oct 2006 - 22:31 GMT
Ok, question... because I just don't understand why it's pronounced "KEY" --- how can QUAY be pronounced any different than how it looks (k'way)
WHY? HOW? WHEN?
Micah: 16th Oct 2006 - 22:45 GMT
Quay is an alternative (British) spelling of key, like Key Largo, key lime pie. Origin late Middle English key, from Old French kay, of Celtic origin. The change of spelling in the late 17th century was influenced by the modern French spelling quai. Yay Oxford Dictionary of English (Oxford: 2001, Oxford University Press)!
barry: 17th Oct 2006 - 01:49 GMT
Co,Fermanagh.N,Ireland.The word Quay is used on road signs to let people no were thay can get their boat on,off the water.
kricket: 17th Oct 2006 - 03:03 GMT
for the most part, i'm sick of big empty sterile manicured green fields of grass that no one walks on (usually it just looks like a poor excuse for green space) - but here i like the way it works along the waterfront.
zagg: 17th Oct 2006 - 03:04 GMT
webster.com shows it can be pronounced three different ways, including mine -- so even if i'm just a silly sarnian, i think i'll say it my way ;x
Kat: 21st Oct 2006 - 15:28 GMT
now it doesn't seem to make any sense to pronounce it "K'way to the City" but I shall as well! For the longest time I had no idea what people were talking about when they said they were going to Queen's Key- isn't it a kway?
jeeff: 21st Oct 2006 - 19:36 GMT
i think its just one of those silly things people hang on to in order to seperate "us" from "them". just like the endless argument over "the beach" or "the beaches" neighbourhood.
my own opinion about the 'quay to the city':
the lawn looked nice, but i wonder if it won't just be another strip of empty weedy grass in a year or two. i think i'd prefer the space be more socially well-defined, with plenty of seating and some sort of shade (there's a new-ish park on king west with a cool shade structure).
i'm curious to see whether the final version includes any significant changes to the landscaping or whether it pretty much stays the same. time will tell...
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