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scope & scale

The revitalization of Toronto’s waterfront is the largest urban redevelopment project currently underway in North America, and it is one of the largest waterfront revitalization efforts ever undertaken in the world.

 

On a world scale, Toronto’s waterfront revitalization is almost unequalled in size. It’s larger than Lower Manhattan south of Houston Street, and four times the size of Monaco. To get a sense of its proportions on a local scale, the total area being redeveloped is 800 hectares (1,977 acres), which translates into an area roughly the size of Toronto’s downtown core, from Bathurst Street to Sherbourne Avenue and Front Street to Bloor Street.

 

Expected to take 25 years to complete, our new blue edge will create approximately 40,000 new residences and 40,000 new jobs. This will complement and leverage the attributes of our great city.

 

Impact

 

The impact of a revitalized waterfront on our economy, people and city goes well beyond the sheer size and scale of the project. Between 2001 and March 2010, work on the waterfront had already generated approximately 9,700 full-time years of employment and contributed $1.9 billion to the Canadian economy.

 

Revitalizing our new blue edge will change the face of our city. It is an exceptional city-building undertaking, the benefits of which will secure the future for generations to come.

 

waterfront revitalization projects around the world

 

Battery Park City

New York City, U.S,

37 hectares (92 acres)

 

SA1 Swansea Waterfront 

Swansea, Wales

40 hectares (98 acres)

 

Darlington Harbour

Sydney, Australisa

42 hectares (103 acres)

 

Glasgow Waterfront

Glasgow, Scotland

52 hectares (128 acres)

 

South Waterfront

Portland, Oregon, U.S. 

52 hectares (128 acres)

 

Inner Harbour

Baltimore, U.S.

97 hectares (239 acres)

 

Singapore Gardens by the Bay

Singapore

101 hectares (250 acres)

 

Canary Wharf

London, England

110 hectares (272 acres)

 

V&A Waterfront

Cape Town, South Africa

123 hectares (304 acres)

 

HafenCity

Hamburg, Germany

157 hectares (388 acres)

 

Edinburgh Waterfront

Edinburgh, Scotland

182 hectares (450 acres)

 

Minato Mirai 21 (MM21)

Yokohama, Japan

186 hectares (459 acres)

 

Fjord City

Oslo, Norway

225 hectares (556 acres)

 

San Pedro Waterfront Project

Los angeles, U.S.

400 hectares (988 acres)

 

Dublin Docks

Dublin, Ireland

520 hectares (1,285 acres)

 

Cardiff Bay

Cardiff, Wales

1,100 hectares (2,718 acres)

 

Dubai Waterfront

Dubai, U.A.E.

13,000 hectares (32,123 acres)

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