AUDIO: A competing vision for Ontario Place
A group of urban planners, architects and OPSEU union officials think they can top a plan for Ontario Place spearheaded by NEWSTALK 1010's John Tory.
This challenge to his committee's vision is called 'Re-Thinking Ontario Place.'
It calls for 3 distinct areas to be created; one for business, research and exhibitions, one for sports and culture, and one for a waterfront park. Like the Tory plan, it also calls for a revival of the Forum.
While the group believes Ontario Place should remain a public space, their list of recommendations don't shut the private sector out of a the process Businesses and modest development are very much a part of their vision.
Kevin Stolarick is one of the project leaders and is on the faculty at U of T's Rotman School of Management.
He wonders why Queens Park is in such a rush to unload Ontario Place. Stolarick thinks the province should hang onto it until the economy picks up, then create a public space that becomes a true landmark for the city and the entire province.