THE SPADINA EXPRESSWAY IN TORONTO: DECISION AND OPPOSITION

FROM LATE IN 1969 THROUGH 1970 THE SPADINA EXPRESSWAY WAS A MATTER OF A BITTER PUBLIC CONTROVERSY IN METROPOLITAN TORONTO. THE MAJOR ISSUE WAS WHETHER OR NOT CONSTRUCTION OF THE SPADINA EXPRESSWAY, PARTLY BUILT BY LATE 1969, SHOULD BE CONTINUED INTO THE DOWNTOWN AREA. THE ISSUE HAD ARISEN BECAUSE PLANNERS AND ENGINEERS WERE UNABLE TO ASSURE THE PUBLIC THAT THE EXPRESSWAY WOULD NOT UPSET EITHER RESIDENTIAL AREAS OR THE ALREADY CONGESTED CITY CENTER. THIS WAS NOT THE FIRST TIME THAT THE SPADINA EXPRESSWAY HAD BEEN SUBJECT TO PUBLIC DEBATE. AS A RADICAL ROAD CONNECTING THE SUBURBS OF TORONTO WITH THE DOWNTOWN, THE SPADINA EXPRESSWAY HAS A LONG HISTORY OF PLANNING, DECISION-MAKING AND OPPOSITION. A DETAILED ACCOUNT OF THE PLANNING OF THE EXPRESSWAY AND ITS TECHNICAL AND ECONOMIC ASPECTS ARE COVERED ELSEWHERE. HERE, AN ATTEMPT IS MADE TO POINT TO SOME ASPECTS OF THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS AND THE WAY THE POLICY-MAKERS HAVE DEALT WITH THE OPPOSITION, AS WELL AS WITH THE NATURE OF THE OPPOSITION ITSELF. /AUTHOR/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Discussion PAPER 5, 22 PP, REFS
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

    Wharton School of Finance and Commerce
    Philadelphia, PA  United States  19104-6315
  • Authors:
    • Gonen, A
  • Publication Date: 1970-9

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00240658
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 10 1971 12:00AM