Lanescape has been working very hard over the past year to make laneway suites a reality in Toronto. With the help of our partners at evergreen, we held a series of public consultations with residents of neighbourhoods across the city to hear your thoughts on how we could work best to craft a Toronto based approach to integrating laneway suites into the fabric of much loved neighbourhoods. We also received thousands of responses to our online survey, and spoke directly to hundreds more.
Right now, when you say the words “laneway house” to a Torontonian, a vision materializes of a beautiful, 3-storey home fronting onto a laneway. It is on its own mid-block property accessed off a peaceful, verdant laneway. Maybe it is a sleek metal and glass box, or maybe it is a classic cottage. Either way, the vision probably contains many bedrooms and bathrooms, and all the space a family would need to secede from their urban surroundings and create a self-contained residential oasis.
Toronto is a city undergoing tremendous change. All you have to do is drive around and look to see it. There is construction everywhere. Old buildings are being repurposed and made new again. Brand new and increasingly taller towers are populating our skyline and contributing to a monumental shift in the atmosphere of downtown. Our city core has become a series of 24/7 live-work-play neighbourhoods. Almost daily, we read about new restaurants and bars opening, new office, retail and residential buildings being announced and built and growing numbers of new companies moving downtown. It is truly an exciting time to be in the Six. Just watch the new Tourism Toronto video and you will see what I mean.