Gems in the Backyard of KGO

Sunday, May 3 at 2:00 pm

Reka Sivarajah, graduate of the MES Planning program has volunteered on various projects in Kingston-Galloway Orton Park over the last few years. This neighbourhood has a lot to offer its residents, businesses, employees and as well as those passing by/visiting. There are many amenities and community projects that make this neighbourhood a special place. This walk will uncover these gems that make KGO shine. We will start at the East Scarborough Storefront (the Storefront) located at 4040 Lawrence Ave East.

kensingtonmarketKensington Market Community & Development

Sunday, May 3 at 4:00 pm

Walk leader Alexander Gopen is an MES Planning student at York University. His areas of research include food sovereignty, grass-roots community development, resistance movements, and the role of urban design and planning in the above.

Join this walk and discover the early influence the Jewish population had on development of community ethos and built form in Kensington Market. The area continued to be influenced by waves of successions of immigrant groups, and we will stop at landmarks representational of the diverse cultures represented within. The community has one of the longest histories of involving themselves in planning matters, dating back to the 1960’s. We’ll visit some spots that are representational of that history. As the forces of development so prevalent in Toronto close in, the community continues to make it’s voice heard to influence planning decisions. The final stops will be underway developments on the edge of the market. Here are some questions to get you thinking about some of these themes. How has the built form of the market contributed to it’s vibrancy? How can politicians and activists work to preserve places like Kensington? Is this even a worthy goal?