Cities don’t allow airports near the downtown core for many obvious reasons. Here in Toronto we continue to allow the lucrative Toronto Island airport to expand; yesterday another expansion was announced by airport owners: Porter Airlines. Our green spaces are shrinking and our city is becoming increasingly ugly- all so that Bay Street businesspeople can cut 20 minutes off their travel time to catch a flight.. . . .. oh and isn’t it strange, through this economic “whathaveyou” the rich man’s airline is booming. . . .?. . . . ..back to the island.
Toronto’s waterfront sucks, we’ve already given up most of the mainland property to developers to build massive condos, The rest of the city no longer has a view of the lake because of a fortress wall of condominium towers they’ve created to block our view. Soon there will be nothing but beach and concrete- at least until they get desperate enough to build over the beaches. The island is a unique natural oasis snuggled right next to the core of the city, we are extremely fortunate to have it; it needs our protection. I strongly recommend going for a day’s visit this summer- just look out for goose poop.
For years they’ve been trying to build a bridge to the island. Not surprisingly, most people living near the area are opposed to building a fixed link and environmentalists are fuming over the prospect of blocking a natural waterway. Looking out at the lake, we see the green beauty of the island on its eastern end, and a giant slab of grey concrete and flashing lights on the west. If the island’s purpose continues to shift toward profit, the inevitable ultimate cash generator would be a leveling of the rest of the island with a paving machine. This airport needs to be stopped now. Every time it grows, the chances of saving the island parkland dwindles. The island property is worth a fortune, and Porter Airlines is getting stronger and stronger.
Not only does expansion of the island airport destroy something beautiful, it brings with it many negatives. The roaring of jets is surely annoying the hell out of people who’ve purchased costly waterfront condos, the extra pollution is choking the poor joggers and dog walkers, and increased traffic is a menace, . . . . ..Man in a suit from the back of a cab trying to get to the ferry: “Goddamn tourists, don’t they know i have a meeting in Boston at 5!”. . . . ..Those goddamn tourists won’t bother bringing their money to Toronto if the concrete wielding business class continue to get their way.
Of course the most obvious reason to stop Porter Airlines and remove the island airport is that planes will crash, its inevitable. Maybe not this decade, maybe not the next, but it will happen. You don’t build airports next to your most densely populated areas, its idiotic. Don’t get me wrong, i’ve got nothing against the nice people of Mississauga who surround Pearson International Airport, but when a small housing development gets crashed into its far less devastating than when a massive condominium is smashed. Its simple math, better that 3 stories get taken out than 33. Even last year when they had a plane skid off the runway at Pearson, it ended up in a vacant lot and no one was hurt. A plane skidding of the island into the lake would surely be fatal for the passengers and environmentally devastating. Worse yet, the plane could skid off into the tourist end of the island packed with families and vacationers.
The amount of customers who can afford the expensive tickets at Porter Airlines remains limited, so its seems as though air traffic can be throttled on the island by keeping prices high. But Porter’s expansion yesterday was one to increase capacity, so they’re looking to lure more customers away from Pearson. Of course once the new capacity is at max, they’ll have to start asking for more space. Fill that space and start pressing again for more planes. . . The larger this operation gets, the more power its going to have over the direction of our waterfront. The whole island would be unbelievably valuable as a giant airport; Porter Airlines execs would have to be pretty stupid not to want the entire thing, There’s space on the island to provide both exclusive private service and regular international flights. Look here below:
Here’s Pearson International the big airport on the outskirts:
And here’s Toronto Island (same scale):
*Please note the creepy similarity in shapes.
I played a fair bit of Simcity and such back in the day, so here’s what i would do with this game. First you carve the edge of the island nice and straight and flat- it’ll be easier to fit your buildings in. You can see that Porter has already started a good job of that up around the top left. Next fill in all the blue areas within your shoreline and erase the names- it’ll make the space much easier to work with. Then cover the entire space with slab concrete. You slam 4-5 Pearson size runways along the southern shorelines creating a giant V. Cram in a couple smaller runways in on the left side for private jets. Have the exclusive high end terminal on the left near the smaller jets. Larger regular class terminals go in the middle. Service buildings and hangers squeezed in throughout the middle and right sides. Build the bridge at the easiest, closest point to the mainland with a road traveling the entire length of the northern shore for access to all building and terminals. Then connect the water and gas pipes . . . . . . ..Sure the odd plane may hit pricey city installations, and there would be local opposition expenses. But these costs would be negligible in the face of having an operation this proximal to such a large city centre. It would make huge cash- you could so crush the blue guy.
Here is an online petition to close the airport– please sign and help!
Chair of Community Air, Brian Iler:
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