In response to public pressure, Premier William Davis withdrew provincial support on June 3, 1971 stating that “If we are building a transportation system to serve the automobile…the Spadina Expressway would be a good place to start. But if we are building a transportation system to serve the people, the Spadina Expressway would be a good place to stop.”[i] Since 2004, Kensington residents and local businesses have taken active measures to preserve the market’s distinct pedestrian culture through the organization of monthly pedestrian Sundays. During these events, sections of Augusta St., Baldwin St. and Kensington Ave. are closed to vehicles, transforming the streets into a pedestrian mall and stage for live entertainment and games.[ii]
[i] Bradburn, Jamie. The Canadian Encyclopedia, “Toronto Feature: Spadina Expressway.” Last modified 2012. Accessed February 7, 2013. http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/articles/toronto-feature-spadina-expressway.
[ii] Levin, Laura, and Kim Solga. “The Drama Review.” Building Utopia: Performance and the Fantasy of Urban Renewal in Contemporary Toronto. 53. no. 3 (2008): 37-53. http://bf4dv7zn3u.search.serialssolutions.com.myaccess.library.utoronto.ca/?ctx_ver=Z39.88-2004&ctx_enc=info:ofi/enc:UTF-8&rfr_id=info:sid/summon.serialssolutions.com&rft_val_fmt=info:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:journal&rft.genre=article&rft.atitle=Building utopia: performance and fantasy of urban renewal in contemporary Toronto&rft.jtitle=TDR (Cambridge, Mass.)&rft.au=Levin, Laura&rft.au=Solga, Kim&rft.date=2009-01-01&rft.pub=MIT Press Journals&rft.issn=1054-2043&rft.volume=53&rft.issue=3&rft.spage=37&rft.externalDBID=n/a&rft.externalDocID=208299404 (accessed February 7, 2013). 47.