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Which option for Expo 2015 Toronto do you prefer?

  • OPTION A: Site 1 & 2 - Toronto Island Airport and Exhibition Place

    Votes: 5 19.2%
  • OPTION B: Site 3 - Toronto Docklands Vision

    Votes: 21 80.8%
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Below is a satalite image showing the location of the three possible sites for the Toronto 2015 World's Fair. As you can see they are all located close to the downtown Toronto city core. And they are all close to the inner harbour on the shores of Lake Ontario.





OPTION A) Sites 1 and 2 - Toronto Island Airport and Exhibition Place

This plan is based on the Expo site being divided between to major locations (about 1 km apart): Toronto Island Airport and Exhibition Place. These two sites are within close proximity to one another.

Site 1: The Toronto Island Airport is a prime site for the World's Fair. Located close to downtown Toronto this site is close to public transit and offers spectacular views of the city skyline.

Site 2: Exhibition Place has long been the home for trade and celebrations for over a century. Located on the shores of lake Ontario, the site has already hosted multiple events from the Pope, Summer Exhibitions to Indy Racing and many other major events. Partially developed with huge convention centres, there is plenty of room for the many Expo Pavillions. Already connected with multiple regional transit links, it can accomidate large crowds.



Toronto Island Airport is on the upper left hand side, and Ontario Place - Exhibition Place is located on the upper right hand side of the photo.


SITE LAYOUT

Because the pavilions would be spread over two major areas (Exhibition Place and Toronto Island Airport). The Toronto Island site would host some of the major thematic exhibit halls along with some major host nations, NGO's and corporate structures. The Exhibition Place site would also host the same variety of exhibit space, in addition to many smaller nations and shared space. In addition some of the pavilions would be constructed out on Lake Ontario, adding a link between Toronto Island Airport, Exhibition Place, and Ontario Place (theme park).


TRANSIT LINKS

The site would need to be connected by rapid transit from the downtown core Union Station rail terminal.

Key Improvements:

- Subway link - building the downtown relief line - This would be a line that would start at Pape St. & Bloor heading south to Front Street and travel across to the site. The line could be closed off for exclusive use of Expo ticket holders for the duration of the fair.
- Streetcar (tram) improvements - The area is already serviced by a transit line, but due to the massive increase in transit usage, the capacity would need to be greatly increased, and because the line comes in contact with street traffic there is the risk of accidents and delays.
- Electric Rail - GO Transit 'Light' - Making use of existing rail lines, there it could be possible to build a light rail line running along the nearby rail corridor, with 3 subway connections (Bloor East/West & Yonge). This would make use of smaller, electrified train cars, allowing easy reconfiguration. And unlike the current GO Transit system, the electrified trains would allow for easy reconfiguration to meet demand.


SECONDARY TRANSIT PLAN

Secondary methods of pedestrian movement would alleviate demands on primary transit systems and allow additional ways of moving people in event of network delays/peek capacity.

Secondary Improvements:

- Free Bike Rentals - several staging points would offer guests the opportunity to travel by bike to the Expo grounds. Specially marked bike paths could be constructed within the grounds allowing further transportation options
- High Capacity Ferries - part of the Legacy of the fair could be adding several new ferries to the Toronto Harbour. They would be similar to the ones that currently carry visitors to the Toronto Islands. The ferries could work from an improved and upgraded central terminal, and take guests directly to the fair grounds. Additionally a ferry route could be constructed from more outlying areas of the city (ie from Etobicoke or Scarborough).
- Personal watercraft - Docks could be built allowing watercraft of various sizes to dock directly at the fair.
- Car to Transit Parking - Because of limited capacity on downtown roads, parking lots could be expanded at several major transit sites throughout the region, allowing users to utilize GO train service to the area.
- Bike Trails - Additional bike/rollerblading paths could be added allowing local residents and visitors to travel easily to the site. Storage and change room facilities would be provided near the entrances.


PROS AND CONS OF THIS PLAN

The positive thing about this site configuration is the close proximity to both sites, this allows for a more concentrated approach for providing transit solutions. The main issue is how to physically connect the two sites, and Exhibition Place has certain limitations to site configuration because of many existing trade buildings.





OPTION B) Site 3 - Toronto Docklands Vision

This plan would have Expo 2015 hosted on former industrial lands to the East of the downtown Toronto core, located on the shores of the inner harbour. The land is large and flat - in need of urbanization. The long term goal for this area is to create a mixed use commercial/residential neighbourhood with some light industry. Expo 2015 would be a great opportunity to help start this realization.

This site overview shows the large industrial lands that are prime for redevelopment.








SITE LAYOUT

The layout for this site will be based around a gateway entrance being constructed at the north west corner of the land. A new public transit link - such as LRT or Subway could weave through the grounds. The development would occur around the many canals in the area, and could see further canals being built to create an Amsterdam like atmosphere.


TRANSIT LINKS
The site would need to be connected by rapid transit from the downtown core Union Station rail terminal.

Key Improvements:

- Subway link - building the downtown relief line - This would be a line that would start at Pape St. & Bloor heading south to Front Street and travel across to the site. The line could be closed off for exclusive use of Expo ticket holders for the duration of the fair. The line could swing down south into the grounds before looping back north.
- Streetcar (tram) improvements - The area is already serviced by a transit line, but due to the massive increase in transit usage, the capacity would need to be greatly increased, and because the line comes in contact with street traffic there is the risk of accidents and delays.
- Electric Rail - GO Transit 'Light' - Making use of existing rail lines, there it could be possible to build a light rail line running along the nearby rail corridor, with 3 subway connections (Bloor East/West & Yonge). This would make use of smaller, electrified train cars, allowing easy reconfiguration. And unlike the current GO Transit system, the electrified trains would allow for easy reconfiguration to meet demand.


SECONDARY TRANSIT PLAN

Secondary methods of pedestrian movement would alleviate demands on primary transit systems and allow additional ways of moving people in event of network delays/peek capacity.

Secondary Improvements:

- Free Bike Rentals - several staging points would offer guests the opportunity to travel by bike to the Expo grounds. Specially marked bike paths could be constructed within the grounds allowing further transportation options
- High Capacity Ferries - part of the Legacy of the fair could be adding several new ferries to the Toronto Harbour. They would be similar to the ones that currently carry visitors to the Toronto Islands. The ferries could work from an improved and upgraded central terminal, and take guests directly to the fair grounds. Additionally a ferry route could be constructed from more outlying areas of the city (ie from Etobicoke or Scarborough).
- Personal watercraft - Docks could be built allowing watercraft of various sizes to dock directly at the fair.
- Car to Transit Parking - Because of limited capacity on downtown roads, parking lots could be expanded at several major transit sites throughout the region, allowing users to utilize GO train service to the area.
- Bike Trails - Additional bike/rollerblading paths could be added allowing local residents and visitors to travel easily to the site. Storage and change room facilities would be provided near the entrances.


PROS AND CONS OF THIS PLAN

The land will need a certain amount of redemption.





Expo 2015 Toronto

THEME

The theme is that of the future of the city. An realistic look at what innovations can be made to help enhance the quality of life of urban space around the world. We would look at how various nations around the world are dealing with the intensification of populations, and the wonderful possibilities that exist.

The Theme: 'World City: The Future of the City'

Urban Rejuvinatation
- Island Airport Site: This site would be transformed from it's industrial roots to become a modern urban playground. After the fair parts of the land would be reverted back to it's natural past, the rest would remain for cultural, exhibition and common civic spaces. The land has been home to a small regional airport for the past few decades, as the downtown area has been transformed from a gritty industrial past to a modern dynamic mixed use neighbourhoods, the desire to transform the land into more city friendly space has been the goal of many civic leaders.

- The Site - Size: The Toronto Island acres take up 80.9 hectares (200 acres) of land just west of the downtown core. Put that into perspective the Expo'86 Vancouver site was 173 acres, Expo 67 1000 acres, Expo 2000 Hannover 100 hectares (250 acres). Further there's more land directly to the west of the Island (Ontario Place - Theme Park, Exhibition Place which are Government owned properties), central harbourfront (Harbourfront Centre), plus the eastern docklands - an extreamly large undeveloped block of land.

- Theme Concept: The theme is that of the future of the city. An realistic look at what innovations can be made to help enhance the quality of life of urban space around the world. We would look at how various nations around the world are dealing with the intensification of populations, and the wonderful possibilities that exist.

Expo Highlights
- The history of the city - a look at the development of civic space.
- The Environment - looking at the impact of cities on the planet covering such topics as recycling, water usage, emmisions.
- Culture - a look at how Entertainment is shaped by the close nature of a city
- Transportation - a look at ways of moving large numbers of people around a region.

Sub-Themes
- Transportation - new ways to move
- The Environment - impact and protection
- Energy - consumption, production and conservation
- Architecture - More People in smaller - higher places
- Multicultural World - Looking for ways to allow people to live together in peace and harmony


LOGO

Below are the initial concepts of the Toronto 2015 World's Fair logo. The logo represents the 'flow', 'transformation' and 'growth' of a city.




WHICH OPTION FOR EXPO 2015 TORONTO DO YOU PREFER?
 

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2015 world's fair gets thumbs-up
City hopes to follow in footsteps of Montreal, Vancouver

Crucial support now needed from Ottawa and Queen's Park
May 26, 2006. 02:04 PM
PAUL MOLONEY
CITY HALL BUREAU

Toronto has decided it wants to bid for the 2015 world's fair.

Now the city needs to persuade the federal and provincial governments to provide financial support to host the six-month exposition, to be located on the port lands.

"It's going to be an extraordinary thing for this city if we're able to do this," Mayor David Miller said. "And anyone who's been in Montreal in '67 or Vancouver in '86 knows why."

Miller's comments came moments after city council voted 39-2 in favour of making a bid by the Nov. 3 deadline set by the Paris-based Bureau International des Expositions. Also in the running is Izmir, Turkey. The winner is to be announced in February 2008.

Early indications are that Ottawa and Queen's Park will back the bid. But the event is expected to carry a deficit of $700 million, and the city is counting on Queen's Park to pay it.

Under the city's plan, Ottawa, Queen's Park and the city need to share $2.8 billion in upfront costs to clean up contaminated soil, build pavilions, upgrade public transit and make other improvements. World Expo rules say any bid must be backed by a country's government.

Toronto's pitch is that the senior governments will more than recover their investment from taxes. City estimates indicate the fair will generate $2.7 billion in income- and sales-tax revenues for Ottawa and $2 billion for Queen's Park.

The city will now send a letter to Premier Dalton McGuinty and start negotiations. As well, Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be asked to write the Expo bureau to say that the federal government is behind the bid.

"Ottawa has been very supportive," Miller said.

"We haven't spoken with the Prime Minister's Office, but all of the signals we're getting from Ottawa are very positive. The signals we have received from the province are very encouraging."

Responses are needed "as soon as possible," said Paula Dill, of the Toronto 2015 World Expo Corp., a city agency set up to look at making a bid. "The sooner we get in the game, the earlier we can start to do our proactive effort to win it."

The province will define its role over the next couple of months, said Gary Wheeler, a tourism ministry spokesman.

With the recent change in government in Ottawa, it's expected Harper will need some time to consider the federal position.

"Technically, what you need is a letter from the Prime Minister," Dill said. "The federal government will consider it because the bid is a national bid and the Prime Minister has to advise the (bureau) that Canada is bidding."

Fair officials were pleased with council's show of support.

"It's fantastic," Dill said. "I think it's a really positive vote."

Councillor Rob Ford, who voted against the bid, said it's unclear at this point how much the fair will cost city taxpayers.

"If we didn't have a $2 billion debt, if there were guarantees from the federal and provincial government in writing that it wouldn't cost taxpayers a dime, absolutely," said Ford (Ward 2, Etobicoke North).

"But there are no guarantees."
 

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I would love to see the island redeveloped but I think it is pretty much set that it will be the Portlands.
 

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"I'd like to see the Portlands redeveloped. It has the potential for some great regeneration and transit links."


It's already going to be developed....as a neighbourhood...not an Expo site.

The Island Airport/CNE/Ontario Place is a much better choice. The CNE is already set up for excactly those kind of events...and has been for like 150 years. Ontario Place needs an excuse to reinvent itself...it's looking pretty long in the tooth, and doesn't seem to know what it is any more...unlike when it was built (which was the Ontario government's answer to Expo 67 in the first place).

The Island Airport needs to DIE!!!! This is a good enough excuse.

The area already has LRT right to it...is already connected to downtown.

The Portlands is a long term project...development will never be out there and finished by 2015. And an Expo site has absolutely NOTHING to do with it's intended purpose...which is for a mixed-use neighbourhood. Unless they plan on completely dismantling the entire Expo site after it's finished (ala Vancouver), what would be the point of doing it at all?

The Portlands is so over-the-top stupid for this, any city politician that suggests it should be shot in NFS....the stupidity is beyond belief.



Or......just forget about Expos and Olympics, etc altogether....because unless you put on a world-beating show-stopper people will talk about for generations, you might as well not even bother. All I can think of is that lamo Knoxville one a zillion years ago....what a loser city that that was.







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The expo would be a waste of time.

The waterfront, atleast all parts listed here should be developed into cohesive and vibrent communities.
 

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Why does the island airport need to die?

Until fuel prices climb dramatically having a commuter air service directly to downtown will be beneficial towards the buisiness community.

Besides which planes like the ones they are going to use for the new airline out of the airport are NOT noisy. They fly right over my house all the time. Trust me. I hardly notice them. Its not like 727s BLARGH THEY SHOULD DIE, or 747s or Regional Jets.
 

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It really has nothing to do with noise...it's about land use. Would New Yorkers want an airport that cost the city millions to subsidize taking up 1/3 of Central Park? Would Vancouver want the same thing taking up 1/4 of Stanely Park?

I don't think so...begining to see my point?






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^ well, a few corporate businessmen do use it for the good of the city economy, though.

That was sarcasm, btw. The thing needs to go, the sooner the better.
 

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I see your point but its not like parkland was REMOVED to get the airport. If it was to be proposed to build it today i'd say hell no. But in a few years when oil is so expensive that air shuttles become uneconomical it will have lived its purpose and would be replaced. There are much worse things than a functioning airport. You should focus on what isn't being used right now and redeveloping that.
 
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