Author Name: Vera Usherovich
StoryMap Project link: https://arcg.is/004vSb
SA 8905 Fall 2020
During one of my study breaks, I was looking at aerial photographs of Toronto’s Waterfront. One thing in particular caught my attention; the parking lots. I did not grow up in Toronto and had no idea how drastically different the waterfront area looked like. I kept on opening up images from various years and comparing the changes. The Waterfront area was different; at first the roundhouses disappeared and followed by parking lots and industrial warehouses. This is the short answer to what inspired this StoryMap. I wanted to see how the surface of our city changed over time, specifically the role of parking lots.
- There has been a 32 % reduction in surfaces dedicated to parking lots between 2003 and 2019.
- Even though there are fewer parking lots, there is a similar proportion of parking lot size surfaced between 2003-2019.
- Many of the parking lots in the entertainment district turned into condos.
About the StoryMap
For this project, I used areal photographs from the City of Toronto, works and Emergency Services. I chose 2003 and 2019 as my years to compare.
Platform and Method
The digitization process was done through Esri’s software, ArcMap. I then exported the layers into gis online and made a map. this map was embedded into the StoryMap with adjustment to the layers. Additionally, I cross-referenced information with google maps, to identify what has replaced the parking lots (broke into 4 categories: residential, commercial, public, and other).
Note: The data showcased in this story and maps is based on manual aerial photograph digitization. Some features might have been inadvertently missed or incorrectly categorized.
This can be done for a wider range of years. Also, a more comprehensive classification of what is no longer a parking lot could be described in greater detail.