The sudden surge of city building and civic works along the new Sheppard subway line is remarkable. In no time, the population density along this otherwise quiet suburb thoroughfare exploded. We like this.
People who live above subway lines, presumably, sometimes take transit and do a fair bit of walking. The new buildings should reflect this situation and could meet the ground in more friendly ways.
John Bentley Mays’ piece on the new Arc building raises some interesting points about this important detail:
“… I do have some problems with the way the building hits the ground. There is no direct access to the subway from the bottom floor; the developer should have held out for permission to create it. The lobby is huge, dull and vacuous; it badly needs the enlivening touch of art. Retail, so far, is limited to a bank branch. More services should be brought on stream at grade to raise the pitch of activity on the barren suburban streets round about.”