Streets are a vital part of Toronto's public open space system. They function
as movement corridors for pedestrians, cyclists, transit and vehicles, as well
as support many social and business activities. Much of the quality of the
Toronto's public realm comes from the appearance and character of its streets.
The Streetscape Manual is an urban design reference tool for the improvement
of the City's arterial street network - the Main Streets and Green Streets
that define and connect neighbourhoods. The Manual focuses on design quality
in the public right-of-way, with an emphasis on coherence, beauty, durability,
accessibility, pedestrian amenity and tree canopy.
Following a hierarchy of streetscape types, the Manual assigns a set of
standard or specialized design treatments to each arterial road. Although the
Manual does not typically include collector roads, local roads or laneways,
design quality and tree canopy on these streets is also very important.
The design treatments specified in the Manual centre on five streetscape
elements - paving, street trees, medians, lighting and street furniture. When
applied over time, these design treatments will enhance the appearance, health
and enjoyment of the urban landscape.
Access the City of Toronto's Streetscape Manual