- New Recreational Parkland for Pedestrians and Cyclists
- Increased Property Value and Economic Growth
- Protection for an Important Transportation Artery
- Clean Energy and Reduction of the Heat Island Effect
Since January 31, 2010, green roofs have been mandatory on large building construction projects in Toronto.
Actually, Toronto was the the first city to adopt a mandatory bylaw for green roofs in North America.
Even City Hall has a green roof now!
Interest in green building and energy efficiency has been growing all over the world.
Currently, traditional roofs are simply wasted space, sometimes called “tar deserts”. The green roof movement is working to change that.
Green roofs are growing in popularity and for good reason. Since green roofs can help solve environmental problems as well provide other helpful benefits, this type of roof solution just makes sense.
The benefits of elevated transit are clear. It provides additional capacity without affecting development on the ground. While traffic easily flows above, neighbourhoods develop below, and pedestrians can easily move across smaller surface roads. That’s why elevated transit infrastructure continues to be built all over the world.
Here are six examples of elevated transit around the world:
1. The High Line – New York City, United States
The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It is owned by the City of New York, and maintained and operated by Friends of the High Line. Founded in 1999 by community residents, Friends of the High Line fought for the High Line’s preservation and transformation at a time when the historic structure was under the threat of demolition.
Rob Ford may have put Toronto on the map, but there’s no reason for us to be embarrassed. Toronto has a lot to be proud of. Now that the world has taken note, it’s time to show off.
Here are 11 reasons to be proud of Toronto:
1. The Neighbourhoods
More than other cities, Toronto is a collection of neighbourhoods. Each one is a distinct and unique community. That’s why, even in a city this large, we can still bump into people we know.
“I love that we can live in N.America’s fourth-largest city, yet still have communities where we get to know our neighbors, at least on a smile-and-nod-while-walking-past-each-other basis. I like living in my neighborhood and recognizing people. But I have a small-town heart, so this is just me.” – MeriKat