Beltline Revitalization on Dufferin underpass

Over the summer of 2014, STEPS collaborated with street art duo Alexa Hatanaka and Patrick Thompson to transform a derelict rail underpass, plagued by graffiti and litter into a celebrated local landmark, as part of a wider effort by local City Councillor Josh Colle and residents to reclaim the historic York Beltline for public use.

Along the high traffic Dufferin corridor, this revitalization project included a large-scale new public artwork, including the two interior walls of the underpass and two pedestrian tunnels, as well as infrastructure improvements, such as new wayfinding signage and enhanced lighting.

This colourful and multifaceted new work, inspired the community’s rich textile history, was designed in collaboration with local residents, particularly with members of the Friends of the Beltline. Countless community members, recruited through local social serving agencies and schools were engaged in the various stages of the work production and celebration, through a series of community paint days and the culminating unveiling.

This project was generously supported by the City of Toronto’s StreetARToronto program, alongside area businesses, including Toronto Hyundai and local residence associations.