Revitalizing Cities Through Design of Waterfront Brownfields
Post-World War II, large-scale city expansion associated with rapid urbanization has rendered many urban waterfronts in city centres as obsolete brownfield landscapes. Upon being remediated, these sites have the potential to be converted from underutilized land to vibrant urban waterfront neighbourhoods. A remediated waterfront site in the Port Credit neighbourhood of Mississauga, Ontario provided the opportunity to develop a design for revitalizing the site in response to concerns expressed by the public. Two waterfront brownfield case studies, one in downtown Toronto and the other along the lakeshore of Mississauga, were analyzed within the framework of principles of New Urbanism to ascertain how relevant issues had been addressed. The proposed design responds both to public concerns and the goal to integrate the site into the surrounding community. This research will contribute to a better understanding of socially and environmentally sensitive approaches to waterfront brownfield revitalization, as well as providing urban planners and landscape architects with tools for creating dynamic possibilities for accommodating emerging public demands in the heart of cities.