Jarvis Street

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Morning traffic at Jarvis and Front

Jarvis Street is a north-south thoroughfare in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada, passing through some of the oldest developed areas in the city. Its alignment extends from Bloor Street in the north to Queens Quay East in the south. South of Front Street, it continues as Lower Jarvis Street. Jarvis carries much of the downtown-bound traffic that uses Mount Pleasant Road, which connects to Jarvis at Charles Street East.

Jarvis Street, 1909

The road (originally called New Street), originally extending only as far as Wellesley Street in the north, was created from the sale of Samuel Jarvis's (the street's namesake) estate Hazel Burn and surrounding lands in 1845 and was later developed as a residential neighbourhood for the city's rich. Major landmarks on or near Jarvis include Jarvis Collegiate Institute, Ryerson University, Rogers Building, Allan Gardens, 222 Jarvis Street, the Consulate General of Indonesia, St. Lawrence Market, and St. Lawrence Hall. Since the end of the nineteenth century, much of the wealthier population moved northward toward Rosedale.

In October 2009, Toronto City Council voted in favour of renaming the final block of Jarvis, from Charles to Bloor and running alongside the 777 Jarvis section of the Rogers Building, Ted Rogers Way.[1]

In 2010, Sugar Beach opened at the foot of Jarvis and Queens Quay. This urban waterfront park features a landlocked man-made beach, the second one located in Toronto.

Bicycle Lanes[edit]

New bike lanes were installed in 2010, and removed again in 2012

On May 25, 2009, Toronto City Council voted 28–16 to remove the reversible centre commuter traffic lane and improve the streetscape by widening sidewalks, planting trees, installing heritage plaques, and implementing bicycle lanes.[2]

In 2011, however, a new council voted to remove the bicycle lanes and reinstate the original configuration, instead opting for an expanded bicycle route along the parallel Sherbourne Street.[3]

On November 17, 2012, following removal of the bicycle lanes, the reversible centre lane reopened.[4]

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Media related to Jarvis Street, Toronto at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 43°39′37.5″N 79°22′33″W / 43.660417°N 79.37583°W / 43.660417; -79.37583