Gardiner Expressway Removal Persuasive Essay by AlexZ

Gardiner Expressway Removal
An evaluation of the policy regarding the dismantling of the Frederick G. Gardiner Expressway in Toronto.
# 103481 | 1,893 words | 15 sources | APA | 2005 | CA

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This paper discusses the Frederick G. Gardiner Expressway, known locally as "The Gardiner", which is an expressway that connects downtown Toronto to its suburbs in the west. The paper specifically discusses the economic, social and environmental effects that would exist if the expressway is dismantled according to various policy plans. The paper also looks at the reasons for the proposal, including the rejuvenation of the waterfront. The paper argues that dismantling the expressway would have negative economic, social, and environmental effects.

Table of Contents:
Problem Definition
Background and Policy Context
Policy Alternatives
Evaluation of Policy Alternatives

From the Paper:

"Another negative impact that burying of the Gardiner Expressway will have is its influence on the natural ecosystems that are around and under the city of Toronto. Under the city, there are buried creeks and waterways that traverse and go out into the lake that have their origins in the Oak Ridges Moraine north of the city (The Toronto Star, 2000). The process of "dewatering" the areas where the buried Gardiner would situate would be detrimental to these buried creeks and their natural flow into the lake. As a result, these waterways could back up over the years and the rising groundwater could pose severe damage to existing infrastructures to the north of the expressway (The Toronto Star, 2000). There are other problems that are associated with digging up the soils that lie beneath the Gardiner Expressway. Contaminants could be present in the soil, and as a result these contaminants could pose a threat to the ecosystems that they would be placed in while construction is undertaken. Some of the lands where the Gardiner is situated on used to be industrial sites, which means some may still contain contaminants. The soil would have to be treated to get rid of the harmfulness before it is put back, which would cost the city money."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bechard, Melanie (2003, Feb 11) Underground Gardiner would slow drive in by two minutes. National Post. Retrieved November 8, 2005,
  • Burying Gardiner an expensive proposition. (2000, Apr 11) The Toronto Star. Retrieved November 8, 2005,
  • Colle, Mike (2000, Jun 5) Getting waterfront plan into gear. The Toronto Star. Retrieved November 8, 2005,
  • Floyd, Doug, Teron, Bill (1990, Feb 5) Burying Gardiner too costly, study says. The Toronto Star. Retrieved November 8, 2005,
  • Fung, Robert A. Our Toronto Waterfront. Retrieved November 7, 2005,

Cite this Persuasive Essay:

APA Format

Gardiner Expressway Removal (2008, May 15) Retrieved September 26, 2023, from

MLA Format

"Gardiner Expressway Removal" 15 May 2008. Web. 26 September. 2023. <>