Frederick Gardiner and the Gardiner Expressway Term Paper by Master Researcher

Frederick Gardiner and the Gardiner Expressway
Examines the life of Frederick 'Big Daddy' Gardiner and his construction of the Gardiner Expressway.
# 39230 | 1,650 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 07, 2003 in Canadian Studies (History, Culture)

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The paper looks at Frederick Gardiner's life, his years as Metro Toronto Chairman (1953-1955) and his construction of the Gardiner Expressway. The paper discusses the automobile oriented attitude during the period of 1945 to 1965 when the Gardiner Expressway, received unanimous approval. The paper shows how in this context, construction of the Gardiner Expressway was imminently sensible for a host of regions and was the best known solution to a terribly pressing problem.

Frederick G Gardiner and the Gardiner Expressway
Conclusions and Appraisal

From the Paper:

"When Metropolitan Toronto was established in the 1950s one of the new level of government's first projects was the waterfront expressway that carried the Queen Elizabeth Way (a parkway) over the Humber River and through downtown Toronto. Frederick Gardiner, Metro's first Chairman pushed for the expressway as a way to solidify the existence and role of the new level of government. All of the municipalities newly united favoured a commuter expressway. The constituent municipalities unanimously approved of this project; it would give the new Metropolitan level of government a track record of success; and, it would facilitate the new breed of suburban commuters in their daily rush-hour race to and from work.
"In broadest terms, this automobile oriented attitude represents a typical planning regime for the period (1945-1965). North Americans' love affair with the car was evident in the post-war period in burgeoning sales, increasing rates of ownership and construction of freeways, expressways and other multi-lane tributes to the automobile."

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