Experiencing the Frontier: Views Out to the Greenbelt

Experiencing the Frontier: Views Out to the Greenbelt

Student Author: 
David McMurphy
May 2015
Mona El Khafif

The intent of this analysis is to begin to develop an understanding of what the condition is between potential development lands and the protected areas of the Green belt. This begins with an experiential analysis of the Greenbelt constructed using Google streetview imagery taken from various points along the interior edge of the Greenbelt’s periphery. 

To analyze desirability of development in the greenbelt 3 feature datasets were used. These datasets are: household incomes over $100,000 as a percentage of each census tract (isolated to show only tracts with over 36% of households being over $100,000), average household incomes (isolated to show only tracts with average household incomes over $100,000) and Toronto’s average neighbourhood property values (isolated to only show those neighbourhoods with an average value of over $600,000).

When these maps are overlaid, clear patterns begin to emerge around the solid peripheries and the naturalized areas. These peripheries include waterfront tracts along Lake Ontario and river valleys where growth cannot proceed further out. Naturalized areas include both river valley adjacencies and Greenbelt lands which have a disproportionately large quantity of high-income households.

We can conclude from looking at these maps that there is a high-desirability to being in proximity to naturalized areas and it can consequently be predicted that the edge condition between the city and Greenbelt will become highly-desirable as it becomes the final urbanized area with both solid periphery and proximity to naturalized areas.