Narrow majority of Toronto council ready to reconnect city to Lake Ontario by replacing section of freeway

Metro Toronto council is just a day away from an historic vote on whether or not to tear down the eastern section of the Gardiner Expressway, an elevated freeway that has cut off the city from Lake Ontario since the early 1960s.

In early polling, a narrow majority of councillors responding say they favour the “boulevard” proposal to take the section down completely. A smaller group favours Mayor John Tory’s “hybrid” proposal to keep fthe reeway with some significant redesign. A third of the councillors are undecided or won’t say.

Only one favours keeping the Gardiner as it is.

Soon to come in Vancouver: new city consultation on technical reports on opening up the north side of False Creek with a new, large park; improved road connections to Georgia; and renewed links among the city’s core neighbourhoods from Yaletown to Strathcona. All that’s in the way: the Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts.

That resulting report is expected before council in September.