What Toronto Can Learn from Montreal’s Green Laneways

Torontoist August 8, 2017 

More than 69 kilometers of laneways have been transformed by benches, bike parking and flower beds. If connected, they would be almost as long as the Montreal Metro. Read more. 

Network of Toronto laneways could help bridge gaps in cycling infrastructure, advocates say

Toronto Star and Metro News July 20, 2017 

Toronto’s laneways have been getting a lot of attention for their housing potential. But now urban planners are eyeing them for a different purpose. A group of planners and cycling advocates believe Toronto’s network of 2,400 laneways could help bridge the gaps in the city’s cycling infrastructure. Read more. 

Hot Summer Guide: Laneway Crawl Series

Now Toronto  May 13, 2017

In 2016, the Laneway Project launched a summer Laneway Crawl series that transformed different alleyways in Toronto neighbourhoods into lively community spaces over weekends. They're returning with even more laneway crawls scheduled, the first of which takes place June 24 in Seaton Village's Karma Lane. Read more. 

Toronto getting a series of laneway crawls this summer

blogto.ca  Amy Gref  June 1, 2016

With more than 250 kilometres worth of laneways and alleys in Toronto, The Laneway Project is working to reanimate these oft-unused spaces. That's why it's hosting a Laneway Crawl series this summer. Read more. 

Homes are springing up in laneways

thestar.ca  Carola Vyhnak  March 5, 2016 

Excerpt: "The philosophy meshes with The Laneway Project’s mandate to beautify and bring laneways back to life. The team of urban planners and designers is working with residents, businesses and municipal partners on various projects that could involve landscaping, artwork and recreational space."

York community comes together to envision future of Reggae Lane

InsideToronto.com York Guardian Dominik Kurek
June 2, 2015

Excerpt: "The Laneway Project hosted a Reggae Lane Visioning Charette at the Maria A. Shchuka Library Wednesday, May 27, evening asking members of the community to present their ideas for what they would like to see in the laneway.

Among the residents who came out was Toronto musician Jay Douglas, a Jamaican immigrant who grew up in the Oakwood area, and who has just released his latest single Reggae Lane. He wrote the song after Eglinton-Lawrence Councillor Josh Colle, who pushed for the naming of the lane, had asked the musician to help commemorate the naming of the lane." + Read More

Toronto striving for green spaces in a growing city.

Toronto Star Lauren Pelley
April 12, 2015

Excerpt:"Michelle Senayah, co-founder of laneway revitalization effort The Laneway Project, says with around 100,000 people coming to Toronto every year, most people don’t have access to their own outdoor space. It’s hard to acquire new land for parks and squares, but we have a massive untapped resource in the city,” she says, referring to the city’s laneways, which total more than 250 acres of space, and have potential to be beautified and used as places for kids to play and residents to gather." + Read More

How one small idea could bring new life to Toronto’s back alleys

Globe & Mail Marcus Gee
March 20, 2015

Excerpt:"Its organizers have set out to change the city’s relationship to its back lanes. That relationship has always been distant. Most people don’t think much about the lanes out behind their garages or alongside their apartment buildings. As a result, back lanes usually have a neglected, shabby look that can discourage people from using them as anything but means of entry and exit."

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Laneways as shared spaces

Spacing Dylan Reid
November 25, 2014

Excerpt:"While we often focus on street art and cool little houses when we talk about laneways, thinking of them as shared streets reminds us of their core purpose, which is transportation and circulation."

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5 ways Toronto could improve its laneway spaces

BlogTO Chris Bateman
November 27, 2014

Excerpt:"There are 250 kilometres of laneways in Toronto and almost all of them are underused, according to a non-profit that's trying to tap the potential of the city's back streets. Rather than using alleys for garbage collection and car storage, laneways could be transformed into bicycle thoroughfares, gathering places, markets, miniature strips of bars and cafes, even residential neighbourhoods with just a few tweaks of the rules, they say."

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The Toronto Laneway Image featured on this page is courtesy of Brendan Rice a University of Toronto Student (Environmental & Urban Studies) who snapped this on his way home. @brendanric3