Beyond Relief was initially conceived at the end of February 2016 when the "preferred corridor" from Pape Avenue to Queen Street was presented by Toronto City Planning. At the time, the rationale for the preferred corridor appeared to overlook the benefits of having a southerly alignment to provide for stations in Corktown and Leslieville, and at the former Unilever site in particular. The name was meant to be a bit of a play on words—that it would be "beyond belief" that a new subway wouldn't serve those locations, and that the city needed to look "beyond relief" to make the most of the significant investment the Relief Line will require.
An effort was undertaken to gather materials and information to make the case for a southerly alignment of the Relief Line. At the same time, City Planning set about evaluating the merits of the various options, and took the public feedback from the late winter meetings into account. City Planning has now recommended a southerly alignment with stations at the desired locations, which has rendered the initial reasons for creating the site redundant.
In the presentation of the recommended alignment, a new purpose has emerged: The need for a site to collect the news and information about development of the Relief Line and present it clearly to the general public. The hope is that by doing so, the citizenry of Toronto can work together to ensure the Relief Line is built as soon and as quickly as possible while respecting the needs of the neighbourhoods through which it will pass.
Over the coming weeks we will continue to develop the site our social media presence to keep the community up-to-date with all the latest developments.
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