|About the Streetcar Platform Interpretive Plaques Project||
Hi -- My name is Kate Kusiak and I just completed the final year of the Urban and Regional Planning program at Ryerson University. I have been researching and developing panel content and layout for St Clair Avenue West's new streetcar shelters for over a year.
The project grew from a 3rd year studio course (January 2006), supervised by Dr. Nik Luka - at that time, a member of the St. Clair community. (A studio course is an opportunity for a group of students to gain practical experience working on a project for a client). After four months of researching local neighbourhoods along St Clair and coming up with possible designs and layouts for the plaques, we presented our report and findings to our peers, faculty and a few residents from the St Clair neighbourhoods - with a good reception.
During the summer, a former colleague and I volunteered our time editing the Report and contacting City staff and Council in hopes of continuing this project for the following year. Since October 2006, we worked with a team of City of Toronto staff from the Urban Design division and Community Consultation and TTC officials to --
- engage community members and organizations along St Clair Avenue West;
- involving other City departments,
- research content and visuals for the plaques; and,
- look for innovative ways for this project to be more than just a plaque.
From the end of April 2007, I have taken on this project to reach out and work with members of the community to develop the visual and written qualities for each plaque.