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Touring the Soon-To-Be Weston Rail Deck Park & John St. Bridge

John St. Bridge, Weston, Toronto
November 2, 2016 4:20 pm | by Greg Lipinski | Comments
In a city where park space has become a critical issue in relation to Toronto's growing population, initiatives have been undertaken to alleviate some of these constraints. Back in August, John ... read more

Towering: An Annotated Guide to Toronto's Future Skyline

Future Toronto skyline
November 2, 2016 2:25 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
In recent years, Toronto's feverish building boom has captured the imagination of many urban development enthusiasts and architecture buffs, and counted amongst that number are professional ... read more

Inside the St. Lawrence Condos' Two-Bedroom Model Suite

St. Lawrence Condos, 158 Front, Toronto, Cityzen, Fernbrook, architectsAlliance
November 2, 2016 2:00 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Last month, we got our first peek inside the Front Street East presentation centre for Cityzen and Fernbrook's St. Lawrence Condos, a new condo development coming to the ... read more

City Seeks Public Input to Improve Parks, Recreational Facilities

November 2, 2016 11:28 am | by Alexander Vu | Comments
With a long-term development boom still in full swing, Toronto continues to experience population growth pressures along with the high-rise construction. As a consequence, improving—and ... read more

Explainer: Arcology

November 2, 2016 9:42 am | by Alexander Vu | Comments
This week's 'Explainer' looks at the term 'Arcology', gargantuan multi-use buildings popularized in science fiction which could accommodate the massive growing global population through the ... read more

Daily Headlines: News from the Internet for November 2, 2016

November 2, 2016 7:55 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Toronto hires Seattle planner as new transportation chief; John Tory should come clean about cost of SmartTrack transit plan; SmartTrack, GO stations face construction ... read more

Photo of the Day: View from Chester Hill Lookout

Photo of the Day: View from Chester Hill Lookout
November 1, 2016 11:00 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Today's Photo of the Day features a skyline view from one of the city's lesser-known skyline vantage points. Submitted to our Toronto Skyline Forum thread by contributor kris, this view faces ... read more

Bathurst Station Unveils Bittersweet Homage to Honest Ed's

Bathurst Station, Toronto, TTC
November 1, 2016 3:40 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Past the red-sweatered Ken Bones, and however many groups of 'kids from Stranger Things,' the title of Toronto's most memorable Halloween sight might just belong to Bathurst Station's belated turn ... read more

Tridel's 3XN-Designed AQUABELLA Celebrates Grand Opening

AQUABELLA, Toronto, by Tridel, Hines, 3XN, Kirkor
November 1, 2016 11:00 am | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Joining Tridel and Hines' cluster of lakefront developments, 'AQUABELLA' is being unveiled as the latest addition to the nascent Bayside community. With the grand opening being celebrated ... read more

Topping Off October 2016: What's Hot on UrbanToronto

Topping Off October 2016: What's Hot on UrbanToronto
November 1, 2016 9:56 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
With another busy month of city-building, transportation, and real estate talk now behind us, we round up October 2016's hottest stories, dataBase files, and Forum threads.  Our Top Ten News ... read more

Neighbourhood Node: Community News from the UT Forum

November 1, 2016 9:15 am | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
While Toronto may be enjoying its best Fall weather ever, UrbanToronto's 'Neighbourhood Node' Forum threads are actively tracking—and debating—the relentless evolution of our city's communities. ... read more

Daily Headlines: News from the Internet for November 1, 2016

November 1, 2016 7:33 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Pedestrian advocates plan to protest Sunnybrook's new safety campaign; Toronto's proposal for landlord regulation doesn't go far enough; Ontario Place lands could be sold ... read more

Photo of the Day: Sunset Cityscape

Photo of the Day: Sunset Cityscape
October 31, 2016 11:00 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Today's Photo of the Day features a sunset view of Toronto, captured from the 21-storey Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning. Submitted to the UrbanToronto Flickr ... read more

Tux Condos Redesigned; to Become Rental Apartments

Tux Condos, Great Gulf, Quadrangle, King West, Toronto
October 31, 2016 4:25 pm | by Greg Lipinski | Comments
Initially proposed back in 2012, TUX Condos, located at the southwest corner of Blue Jays Way and King Street West, was to have been a 40-storey residential tower with 242 units. Rising 414 ft, ... read more

Finishing Touches Being Applied at Backstage on The Esplanade

Backstage on The Esplanade, Cityzen, Fernbrook, Castlepoint Numa, Toronto
October 31, 2016 3:40 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
We last checked in on the construction progress of Backstage on The Esplanade a few months ago when the first panels of limestone podium cladding were being applied to the base of the ... read more

Foundations Taking Shape at 50 at Wellesley Station Site

50 at Wellesley Station, Toronto, Quadrangle Architects, Plaza
October 31, 2016 3:22 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
The Wellelsey Street East construction site of Plaza's 50 at Wellesley Station is abuzz with activity, as a major undertaking is in process to prepare the site's foundations. When we ... read more

City: SmartTrack To Bring 2-3% Property Tax Increase?

map of SmartTrack/RER combined plan
October 31, 2016 2:34 pm | by David Brake | Comments
According to a report prepared by the City for Council's Executive Committee, a property tax increase will be required to fund even the reduced SmartTrack proposal which has emerged (an LRT for ... read more

Landscaping (and Feline) Animating Downtown's Berczy Park

Berczy Park, Toronto, Claude Cormier + Associés
October 31, 2016 1:48 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
The grass is green but the fountain isn't flowing yet at Toronto's Berczy Park. Although Halloween Day was expected to herald the unveiling of the revamped Downtown park, ongoing construction ... read more

Ryerson Architecture Lecture: Christopher Sharples of SHoP

Ryerson Architecture Lecture Series: Christopher Sharples of SHoP Architects
October 31, 2016 10:00 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Continuing its 2016 lecture series, Ryerson University's Department of Architectural Science will be hosting Christopher Sharples of New York-based SHoP Architects later this week. As a founding ... read more

Daily Headlines: News from the Internet for October 31, 2016

October 31, 2016 7:36 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Driverless cars could make GTA congestion worse in the short term, report says; Scarborough group calls on Toronto to transfer 3,000 public sector jobs to former ... read more