Nicholson Lane Revitalization

The Laneway Project is working with St. Lawrence neighbourhood residents, local businesses and organizations such as the St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood BIA, St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association, Canadian Opera Company, Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friends, St. Lawrence Daycare and Jamii Esplanade to transform Nicholson Lane from a utilitarian space into a beautiful, safe and appealing shared place.

Community members have prioritized the addition of infrastructure for community-led activation (both passive and programmed), multi-modal safety and traffic management measures, space for creative expression by local artists, pedestrian-friendly lighting for safety and character, and greening that softens the space and ties into existing programs at the adjacent St. Lawrence CRC.

News and Next Steps

We’ll have a Community Site Planning Workshop at the St. Lawrence CRC from 6-8pm on September 20. Community members will brainstorm in breakout groups, then discuss together, whether and where to place different interventions that can address the priorities that they decided on in the project’s visioning process - such as planters, murals, lighting, seating, pavement repairs, and pedal-powered stalls for mobile book lending, community art display and vending by local entrepreneurs.

Thanks to Michael Thorek for generously sponsoring the planning phase of this project, and to the Public Space Incubator grant for providing seed funding for its implementation.

If you’d like to support the implementation of the Nicholson Lane revitalization, please donate here, or email us at to request a comprehensive sponsorship package.