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Fort York pedestrian bridge returns from the grave to receive an urban design award

Earlier this week, the Fort York Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge won a design award—which, of course, is somewhat awkward considering over half of city council voted to kill the project back in May. The jury for Toronto Urban Design Awards recognized the scrapped design in the Visions and Master Plans category. In particular, they applauded the bridge’s mandate: reconnecting a historical site that is “all but inaccessible” and “brutally isolated by transportation infrastructure.” Rob Ford called it “beautiful” when he sounded the death knell, but claimed that the city would have to “borrow $22.4 million” to construct it—although as we noted, the bridge had already been accounted for in the budget. We’d also like to inform the mayor that, as a pedestrian and cycling bridge, it is impossible for the gravy train to cross it. Read the entire story [Torontoist] »

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