The ALO Triangle lies between the Aberdeen and Lansdowne Canada Line stations and the Olympic Oval – the territory to be traversed by many thousands of Olympic visitors. It’s only a kilometre from Lansdowne to the Olympic Oval – but it’s a dreary kilometre.
Here are a few of the enticing streetscapes along Lansdowne Road:
This is sure to impress the Europeans.
At least Lansdowne Road has sidewalks on a few blocks (though at Minoru Boulevard it turns into an industrial lane) and has been extended from Gilbert to Hollybridge. But try walking on Minoru Boulevard and you’ll find that there was never any intent to accommodate you – unless you’re making a trip from your car seat to a storefront, both placed as close together as possible.
It’s all too clear that the only critical urban design that went into the ALO Triangle at the time it was zoned for industrial (the 60s?) was done by the traffic engineers and the road builders. At that time, sidewalks were a needless expense. The only serious mode for good movements was truck – and so the roads were designed for them. They had no foresight of an alternative future, except for one of unlimited automotive travel.
Fortunately, for the Olympic visitor, there will be a choice. More Monday.