IT WAS A LONG TIME COMING, BUT TORONTO’S ALEXANDRA PARK IS PUTTING ON A BRAND NEW FACE

After 20 years or more, REGENT PARK, <Photos Above> a massive redevelopment on the Downtown East Side is now a great success, thanks in large part to private developers, the city, the province and people who live there. On the Downtown West Side, ALEXANDRA PARK (foreground above) is now heading in the same direction. It will feature 1,540 market-price condominiums mixed in with a supply of rental-geared-to-income units. Several streets will be re-opened, eliminating dead-ends and dark nooks and crannies. This former hard scrabble neighbourhood will soon be transformed into one that’s safe and in demand. ALEXANDRA PARK, named after Queen Alexandra, wife of King Edward VII, occupies a large swath of prime downtown real estate, south of Kensington Market. It couldn’t be better placed to show off spectacular views, and it’s just around the corner from Spadina Avenue, Chinatown West, the streetcar network and the subway.There’ll be new public parks and retail outlets, just as there are now in Regent Park.  This will be another much-improved neighbourhood.  ONWARD & UPWARD!