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Carlton Street gets a makeover

New trees and bike parking part of improvements in downtown Toronto neighbourhood

Credit: Rob Salerno

Carlton Street is getting a welcome makeover as construction season sweeps across the city. 

When the project wraps up at the end of April, the section of College and Carlton streets between Church and Bay streets will see new and improved tree planters, decorative paving stones at the sidewalk edge, new bike parking rings, and a new “information pillar” at the corner of Church and Carlton.

The new tree planters have been designed in the city’s modern pod style, which helps protect soil and gives roots more space to grow. They ultimately help trees live longer and grow larger, replacing several old container-style planters on the stretch.

The improvements are being paid for in part by the Downtown Yonge BIA. Although a handful of gay businesses remain south of Carlton, the Church-Wellesley Village actually ends at Wood Street. The Downtown Yonge BIA coordinated the work with a city-funded project to repair utility cuts in the sidewalk.

The public realm projects come as the Church and Wellesley neighbourhood will be getting its own batch of improvements, including new bike lanes, rainbow crosswalks, banners, murals and improvements to Cawthra Park.