Spaghetti Junction – The Farewell Tour: 10:30 am, Saturday, May 2, 2015 Jane’s Walk hosted and led by MPP Peter Milczyn

Peter Milczyn

Etobicoke-Lakeshore MPP Peter Milczyn, at his Constituency Office. Jaan Pill photo

I’m pleased to share the following overview of Etobicoke-Lakeshore MPP Peter Milczyn’s Saturday, May 2, 2015 Jane’s Walk.

The walk starts at 10:30 am at the Starbucks at 5251 Dundas St. West (on the south side of Dundas) near the Kipling subway station.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join a guided tour, by Peter Milczyn, of the Spaghetti Junction before it gets untangled forever.

Mark it in your schedule book today.

A PDF version of the flyer can be accessed here:

MilczynJane’sWalkFlyer[1]

 

Please note:

“We will be traversing a construction site. Sturdy walking boots or construction boots would be in order. Hopefully the main site will be relatively dry.”

 

MilczynJane'sWalkFlyer[1]

 

Spaghetti Junction Farewell Tour

Left to right, Jaan Pill and Peter Milczyn who is pointing to the new version of the Six Points Interchange.

Left to right Jaan Pill and Peter Milczyn who is pointing to the new version of the Six Points Interchange.

The walk is led by Etobicoke-Lakeshore MPP Peter Milczyn. We begin at the Starbucks on the south side of Dundas St. West near the Kipling subway station. We travel east on Dundas, stopping for a view of the construction site. We traverse the site of the old Westwood Theatre, note the location of the new entrance to the Kipling subway station, and then travel west to Six Points Park which will nearly double in size once the interchange reconfiguration is completed.

In the 1960s the former Metro Toronto conceived and built the interchange to speed traffic through the awkward intersection of Kipling, Dundas, and Bloor (Six Points). Then a suburban site at the edge of the city the interchange was to assist with traffic flow from the industrial areas to the south onward to Highway 427 in the west. In the 1980s the former City of Etobicoke identified this area as its future City Centre, an unrealizable dream due in part to the design of the road network.

View of Six Points Interchange construction site.

View looking toward the east, at a location east of Kipling Ave. and south of Dundas St. West, of the Six Points Interchange construction site.

The resident Canada Goose pretty ignored my presence. At one point, however, it decided to look directly at me. Jaan Pill photo

The resident Canada Goose pretty much ignored my presence when I visited the Spaghetti Junction construction site on April 30, 2015. I moved about quietly. At one point, however, it looked directly at me for several moments. Jaan Pill photo

On a recent visit to the Six Points Interchange construction site, I noticed that a seagull has joined the resident Canada Goose in the enjoyment of the local habitat. Jaan Pill photo

When I visited the site on April 30, 2015 I observed a seagull and a Canada Goose. The latter bird appears, if I read the state of affairs correctly, to have selected the pond as its preferred habitat. Its presence at the site prompts an interest, on my part, to learn more about wildlife habitats in urban settings. Jaan Pill photo

As a City of Toronto Councillor, Peter Milczyn led the planning and redesign for the City Centre area as well as changes resulting in the Six Points Reconfiguration project. The scale and transformative nature of the plans for the area have been noticed internationally as an example of urban renewal. Peter delivered a lecture on the project to the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and has presented the site to representatives of M.I.T. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) as a case study focusing on data-driven decisions related to redevelopment and mobility. Join us for this “Farewell Tour” of Spaghetti Junction.

Update

A March 1, 2017 CBC article is entitled: “City poised to redevelop Etobicoke’s ‘spaghetti’ junction: Design, welcomed by area parents and councillor, to better serve pedestrians.”

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3 replies
  1. Lynn Berry
    Lynn Berry says:

    My Dad was very involved with this project before he passed away. He worked alongside Peter Milczyn and Donna Cansfield. There was an article published in 2006 in the Toronto Star I believe which featured my Dad and Margaret Williams. He would be so happy to know that something is finally being done about this area of Islington.

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  2. Jaan Pill
    Jaan Pill says:

    It’s most interesting to know of your connection with the project, through your Dad. I find the story really interesting on so many levels. There’s the history aspect – I like the Toronto Star’s reference to the fact that the Spaghetti Junction was designed in the days in the 1960s when much of the neighbourhood was still farmers’ fields.

    A school that I worked at in North York in the 1980s was still been farmers’ fields in the 1950s. A friend once spoke of the apple orchards that used to exist in the area. Similarly a school that I worked at in the late 1990s and early 2000s in Mississauga had been farmer’s fields not that many decades earlier.

    Meanwhile, the thought and planning that Peter Milczyn and your Dad and many other people have been involved in is also a source of much interest to me. So many people, so many meetings, so many processes must of necessity come together and be coordinated in order to untangle the Spaghetti Junction and construct a new Six Points Interchange. It will be a great Jane’s Walk.

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