By: Georgia Luyt, Community Developer at Community Development Council of Durham
While Ajax and Pickering are closely linked to Toronto, they have their own unique set of strengths, challenges, goals and setbacks. This roundtable helped explore what civic leaders and urban thinkers want for their future cities.
With upcoming Metrolinx transit projects and the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, this is an ideal moment to think about how Ajax and Pickering should move forward and incorporate innovative thinking into their planning.
The roundtable participants highlighted the need for affordable, accessible transit to reduce gridlock and improve the work/life balance of residents. They also spoke about the beauty of the waterfront area, and their hopes to attract major events, festivals and pop-up events there.