Today we know it as the “Bramalea City Centre” but this core area is essentially “downtown” Bramalea. The area has changed over the years but it is interesting to look back on what the core of Bramalea was imagined to be. I will begin with a few articles on the development of downtown Bramalea, followed by some visual proposals of what the area was imagined to look like.
Canadian Builder July 1967
Canadian Building November 1972
I found a great photo online of the Civic Centre under construction. Here is a link to its location on GettyImages: Rub-A-Dub-Dub
What downtown Bramalea might have looked like:
Below is an image from the 1958 master plan. This proposal for downtown Bramalea appears to have a park-like plaza with fountain and is very pedestrian-friendly.
The image below from 1959 also shows a pedestrian-friendly public square.
The 1968 proposal also appears to have many trees and open space (although I am unsure if the open space represents parking lots or parkland). The lower part of the image looks like a public square – perhaps raised above the ground (?). Numerous tall buildings are pictured around the periphery of the area.
Toronto Daily Star, March 9, 1968