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Robert Bundy: Powerful bureaucrat helped shape Toronto - The Globe and Mail
OLIVER MOORE
The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Jun. 08, 2017

Robert Bundy, the powerful Toronto civil servant who oversaw the expansion of the city’s parking system and parks, eventually meeting his match in the stubborn residents of the harbour islands, died of heart failure on May 8 in Toronto. He was 94.

A property developer who had served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War and was decorated twice by Russia for his role in the Murmansk Run supply convoys, Mr. Bundy moved into public service at a time when city bureaucrats enjoyed substantial clout......Early in their marriage, Mr. Bundy joined the city bureaucracy. His construction business had been successful and “he didn’t have to worry about finances,” his son Brock said. “He really truly believed he was doing something to make everyone’s life better, and you can see that all the way through.”

The elder Mr. Bundy became general manager of Toronto’s parking authority in 1958, a time when creating plentiful and cheap parking was seen as crucial to helping the city compete with the suburbs. A 1968 annual report for the agency shows that in his first 10 years in the role the number of municipal off-street parking spaces nearly doubled to 14,440.

In the late 1950s, he also chaired a committee trying to ensure that sufficient development followed the route of Toronto’s east-west subway line. And he pioneered the concept of a business improvement area, which recruits local merchants to help make their surroundings more attractive and marketable.

The importance of abundant parking, however, remained a passion for years. He was co-founder of what would become the International Parking Institute and travelled to learn from his peers across the continent. Decades later, when he was part of a pitch to redevelop Toronto’s Greenwood Raceway, the proposal was built around extensive new parking.

However, he was cognizant of the needs of non-drivers as well. As Metro’s parks commissioner, he oversaw great swaths of new green space. His family said he was particularly proud of Rosetta McClain Gardens in Scarborough, a park specifically designed around the needs of people with disabilities.

During his tenure, the city created bicycle trails in some of its green spaces, routes that proved so popular they led to friction between cyclists and other users
Toronto  cities  parking  WWII  bureaucrats  parks  obituaries  city_hall  property_development  veterans  leaders  Royal_Navy  BIAs  public_spaces  city_builders  civil_servants  redevelopments  green_spaces 
june 2017 by jerryking
Abused ravines are loose thread in urban fabric - The Globe and Mail
JOHN BARBER
From Tuesday's Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2002

"There is nothing quite like the ravines anywhere: no other city has so much nature woven through its urban fabric in that way," Robert Fulford wrote in a typical example.

"The ravines are to Toronto what canals are to Venice, hills are to San Francisco and the Thames River is to London. They are the heart of the city's emotional geography, and understanding Toronto requires an understanding of the ravines."

Any serious attempt to understand the ravines would probably include the fact that they are an environmental disaster, hopelessly degraded by generations of neglect, and getting steadily worse despite the green boosterism.

It might also notice that the ravines are not woven through the urban fabric in the least; rather, they are emphatically set apart from it, even suppressed by it. At least the hills in San Francisco make an impression; in Toronto, you can drive over a 100-foot bridge and never know it.

It's also possible that this bizarre dislocation -- two worlds, one right on top of the other, yet almost entirely separate -- might help explain why the ravines are still so abused: They have no constituency.
City_Hall  constituencies  emotional_geography  hidden  iconic  John_Barber  nature  overlay_networks  parks  ravines  Toronto  urban  wilderness 
november 2015 by jerryking
905 summit gathering shifts focus from attention-grabbing Toronto
May 07 2013 | The Globe and Mail | MAY WARREN.

The summit will also explore other shared issues such as city planning, unemployment and poverty, through roundtable discussions with citizens and representatives from business, labour and non-profit groups. It builds on previous summits held in Mississauga by Ms. McCallion.

The CEO of Metrolinx and Toronto chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat will be keynote speakers.

Caledon’s Ms. Morrison said she appreciates the chance to provide the town’s perspective.
Oakville  Mississauga  meetings  urban  Toronto  bureaucrats  city_hall  technocrats  Peel_Region 
may 2013 by jerryking
Parks too important to be left just to city hall
03 Dec 2011| The Globe and Mail pg. A.19. | Marcus Gee. The article says the city should also encourage charitable foundations and private companies to sponsor public parks, especially in low-income neighbourhoods with lots of new immigrants. The Toronto Public Library Foundation, he notes, has raised more than $50-million for libraries. Why not revitalize the low-key Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation and make it a heavy-hitting fundraiser for parks?
parks  Toronto  Marcus_Gee  philanthropy  charities  ProQuest  low-key  city_hall 
january 2012 by jerryking
Hey City Hall, Jack is watching - The Globe and Mail
MARCUS GEE | Columnist profile | E-mail
From Thursday's Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011
Toronto  Marcus_Gee  Jack_Layton  legacies  city_hall 
august 2011 by jerryking
The alarming truth about waste at City Hall - The Globe and Mail
MARGARET WENTE | Columnist profile | E-mail
From Thursday's Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Jul. 21, 2011
Margaret_Wente  Rob_Ford  mayoral  city_hall 
july 2011 by jerryking
Hillbillies no longer calling the shots at Nathan Phillips Square
Feb. 21, 2010 | The Globe & Mail | Marcus Gee. Supports
the idea of the reinvesting in, and the revamping of, Nathan Phillips
Square.
Toronto  urban  renovations  green_roofs  public_spaces  Marcus_Gee  priorities  design  city_hall 
february 2010 by jerryking

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