Toronto Star published an article today called What’s the next vision for Shopper’s World Danforth? The article takes a peak at our ‘hood’s history, specifically how our neighbourhood has changed along with the property that is currently Target. That particular building was once a Ford auto plant which opened in 1923 (and next time you go by it, take a look at the angled roof line, which was a common feature for early 20th century industrial buildings) – and the mall Shoppers World itself was an an addition to the building, and opened in the early 1960’s after the factory had closed.
But the article also muses about the relationship between that location and the historical changes in our neighbourhood, as well as our combined future. Seems MP Matthew Kellway has gathered a community group to address the needs of the community and how the soon-to-be vacant space might be used to support it best. According to the article, a number of ideas are being tossed around such as an urban agriculture project, where food could be grown, renewable energy could be generated and a public market space could be opened.
What vision do you have for our neighbourhood, and that space specifically? I’d be interested to have street access opened up to the building (it currently isn’t), so people could enter the building right on Danforth, which would encourage a more vibrant streetscape and walkable community. Feel free to comment here with your thoughts, or get in touch with our MP directly (through the link above).