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article imageToronto's Waterfront revitalization moves forward Special

By KJ Mullins     Nov 16, 2012 in World
Toronto - Ground was officially broken Friday at noon on Queens Quay Boulevard for one of the Toronto's biggest revitalization projects along the waterfront.
For the next two years Queens Quay will be transforming into a must-see destination with a wide granite mosaic promenade, off-street Martin Goodman Trail, improved streetcar corridor and traffic lanes. When the project finishes in 2015 the area will be safer for drivers, bikers and pedestrians, the city claims.
Mark Wilson and City Councillor Karen Stintz
Mark Wilson and City Councillor Karen Stintz
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Mark Wilson, Chair, Waterfront Toronto, said that the main street on Toronto's Waterfront will be transformed.
"What a street it will be," Wilson said proudly.
The improvements to the road will make for a better working road for the city, in two years that is; until then the area will be dealing with massive construction and limited access. Those growing pains have already been felt by the residents that live in the area who rely on public transit. Until mid-2013 there will be no buses going eastward on Queens Quay, diverting to Lakeshore Blvd.
Hon. Lisa Raitt  Minister of Labour  Government of Canada
Hon. Lisa Raitt, Minister of Labour, Government of Canada
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Hon. Lisa Raitt, Minister of Labour, Government of Canada, told the audience of about 100 people that she used to live in the condos at the base of Queens Quay and Bay Street. She remembers the street when train tracks ran on the road and there was little business. That has changed.
City Councillor Adam Vaughan said he was glad that the project has finally started but does have concerns for the local businesses along the roadway. He is hopeful that they can survive the two year project intact.
Officer Scott Cornett  Toronto s Marine Unit
Officer Scott Cornett, Toronto's Marine Unit
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Officer Scott Cornett, Toronto's Marine Unit, has been working in the city for the past three decades. He has seen the area grow from grasslands to a busy part of the city's core. "There's been lots of changes to this area over the years. When I take people out on the water all you see are cranes now."
Scott is hopeful that the project will make a big impact on the city and his favorite part, the waterfront.
Waterfront Toronto to Officially Break Ground on Queens Quay
Waterfront Toronto to Officially Break Ground on Queens Quay
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Waterfront Toronto to Officially Break Ground on Queens Quay
Waterfront Toronto to Officially Break Ground on Queens Quay
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Waterfront Toronto to Officially Break Ground on Queens Quay
Waterfront Toronto to Officially Break Ground on Queens Quay
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Waterfront Toronto to Officially Break Ground on Queens Quay
Waterfront Toronto to Officially Break Ground on Queens Quay
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Toronto’s main waterfront street is being transformed into a showpiece for the city
Toronto’s main waterfront street is being transformed into a showpiece for the city
Artist rendering
Toronto’s main waterfront street is being transformed into a showpiece for the city
Toronto’s main waterfront street is being transformed into a showpiece for the city
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