The Laneway Project works with the design and development community, BIAs, residents, and other stakeholders on a range of laneway improvement projects across Toronto.
Light Up the Laneways
With the support of local Business Improvement Areas, Residents' Associations, Councillors and developers, The Laneway Project is working to demonstrate the positive impact of pedestrian-friendly laneway lighting in two laneways in Ossington and Bloordale. The project's private sector-led approach aims to set a precedent for the involvement of developers, BIAs and residents in the planning and implementation of improvements to laneways in the city.
Nicholson Lane Revitalization
This laneway revitalization project brings together a group of local organizations to transform an underused laneway from a dead space into a vibrant meeting place. Together we've developed plans for new lighting, seating, greening, murals, and new micro-scale activation infrastructure in order to create a new linear “paved park”, animated through cultural and community programming, and retail pop-ups by budding young local entrepreneurs.
Danforth Village Laneway Revitalization
The Laneway Project worked with with the Danforth Village Residents' Association and other residents of Danforth Village to develop a master plan for the revitalization of this network of laneways. In a first for Toronto, we implemented a number of laneway improvements in 2018 using Section 37 public realm funds from an adjacent condo development.
As part of Freed / Elad Canada’s Reimagine Galleria project, The Laneway Project is working with Urban Strategies, Perkins + Will and Public Work on the redevelopment of the Wallace-Emerson Community Center and Wallace-Emerson Park, and the revitalization of the network of laneways that border the site and connect it to the Bloordale neighbourhood.
Laneways as Bikeways
The Laneway Project worked with the Canadian Urban Institute and the Community Bicycle Network to conduct research and engage local cyclists and stakeholders to understand the feasibility of using Toronto's laneways to create safe and efficient cycling routes. The project is funded by Metcalf Foundation.
Laneway Market Feasibility Study
This project focused on investigating the feasibility of establishing a laneway market in Toronto. A series of small studio and retail spaces in secondary structures on adjacent properties and opening out onto a laneway could provide affordable space for artisans and vendors in key Toronto neighbourhoods. We're explored best practices, consulted with stakeholders, city staff and councillors, and examined Toronto's policy and regulatory framework.
Ramsden Park Road
In 2016, The Laneway Project worked with with local residents and business owners to develop a master plan for the laneway in order to communicate their vision for its future and will catalyse the transformation of Ramsden Park Road into a space to be proud of.
Harbord Village Laneway Greening
The Laneway Project worked with the Harbord Village Residents' Association and the David Suzuki Foundation to green Croft Street, using hardy vegetation and space-efficient greening measures like vines and planters.
Laneway Puncture Demonstration Project
The Laneway Project worked with an interdisciplinary team on The Laneway Puncture Demonstration Project, which replaced the impermeable drainage channel in two west-end laneways with open-celled pavers, allowing storm water to percolate into the soil rather than flowing into the storm sewer system.
Demonstration Laneway Master Plans
In 2015, The Laneway Project undertook laneway improvement projects in partnership with two local communities. Our role was to work with community members to develop a vision for their laneway and then a plan for making that vision a reality. The resulting master plans provide a road map to guide the communities in improving these laneways. They also demonstrate the opportunities for laneway revitalization in Toronto, and serve as a model for other laneway improvement projects across the city. Funding for these projects was provided by the Government of Ontario through the Trillium Foundation. Click below to learn more and access the master plans.
Working with the St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood BIA, local residents, businesses and property owners, The Laneway Project developed a master plan for Farquhars Lane near the St. Lawrence Market. The improvement of this laneway will be the first step of a larger effort to make the most of all of the laneways in this historic neighbourhood.
Ryerson University has brought together members of the local community, including the Downtown Yonge BIA and Covenant House, to reimagine O’Keefe Lane as a welcoming, safe and dynamic shared space. The Laneway Project helped this working group to develop a vision for their laneway and hold a competition to design its future.