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Dark Age Ahead: Understanding Jane Jacobs in the Trump Era

Jane Jacobs, image via Library of Congress
November 15, 2016 4:54 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
What would Jane Jacobs do? Among many urbanists, the playful question carries its religious connotations with more than a hint of sincerity. It's not just on T-Shirts, but in headlines, and in ... read more

Call for Submissions: Buildings Completed in 2016

Karma Condos, Bay Adelaide East, Five St. Joseph, INDX Condos
November 15, 2016 1:56 pm | by Greg Lipinski | Comments
As 2016 draws to an end, and we inevitably look back on the changes the last twelve months have brought, UrbanToronto readers will no doubt be thinking about how this city has changed, too. With ... read more

A "Splendid" Redevelopment Coming to Steeles Avenue East

Splendid China Mall development, Toronto, G + C Architects, Global Fortune
November 15, 2016 1:18 pm | by Greg Lipinski | Comments
For several decades now, the northern end of Toronto and neighbouring municipalities such as Markham have been experiencing significant population growth, due in large part to its popularity as a ... read more

Completion in Sight at 383 Sorauren Avenue

383 Sorauren Avenue, Gairloch, Centrestone, architectsAlliance, Toronto
November 15, 2016 11:12 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
At the meeting point of Toronto's Roncesvalles Village, Parkdale, and Brockton Village neighbourhoods, a new mid-rise condominium development is taking clear design cues from the early-1900s ... read more

Daily Headlines: News from the Internet for November 15, 2016

November 15, 2016 8:30 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Campaign aims to boost laneway housing in Toronto; Transit advocacy group blasts reduced TTC schedules as 'outrageous'; Ontario economic update includes small rebate for ... read more

Photo of the Day: Toronto Supermoon

Supermoon seen from the roof terrace at 383 Sorauren, Toronto
November 15, 2016 12:00 am | by Craig White | Comments
Today's Photo of the Day features a view of Toronto's glowing skyline, with a dramatic appearance by yesterday's Supermoon. No, it wasn't completely clear hereabouts, so the clouds made the ... read more

Torontonians Invited to Help Shape Future of Old City Hall

Old City Hall, Toronto
November 14, 2016 4:45 pm | by Alex Gaio | Comments
With the Provincial Courts that occupy the building set to relocate by 2021, Toronto's Old City Hall has been the topic of growing debate. As the end-date nears, the well-known heritage building ... read more

Small Changes May Have Big Impact for Toronto Apartments

24 Forest Manor Road, Suu-dda Patkar, Tower Renewal, Toronto
November 14, 2016 4:14 pm | by Julian Mirabelli | Comments
A small project to integrate commercial spaces on the ground floor of a post-war apartment block may have a big impact for local residents, as a rezoning application for 24 Forest Manor Road, ... read more

Stafford Homes Launches Luxury Townhomes at Downsview Park

The Luxury Townhomes at Downsview Park, Toronto, by Stafford Homes
November 14, 2016 2:48 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Last week, Stafford Homes' 155-unit Luxury Townhome Collection at Downsview Park launched in North York, with over 50% of the project's homes sold on opening night. Located at the southwest corner ... read more

Noah Toly: What are City Rankings Good For?

Toronto, Urbanism, UWPAT, City rankings, Planning, Politics
November 14, 2016 2:12 pm | by David Rudin | Comments
It’s a typical Toronto experience. A ranking of global cities comes out and Toronto has fared well. Like clockwork, the deluge of Facebook posts begins. Everyone is so proud to live in this city ... read more

Toronto to Hold Consultations on Long-Term Financial Plan

A crowded Toronto subway, image by UT Flickr contributor Jamaalism
November 14, 2016 1:39 pm | by Alexander Vu | Comments
The City of Toronto is inviting residents to provide input to help guide the development of a Long-Term Financial Plan. Community members will be able to offer their thoughts on spending ... read more

More Archeology for Cleared St. Lawrence Market North Site

St. Lawrence Market North, Toronto, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
November 14, 2016 11:51 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Less than three months after the late-summer start of demolition at the site of Toronto's St. Lawrence Market North building, crews have finished teardown work, priming the site for ... read more

Revamped Proposal for 75 on The Esplanade Comes Online

75 on The Esplanade, Toronto, by Harhay, Carttera, architectsAlliance
November 14, 2016 10:04 am | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Following last year's submission to build a 34-storey tower at the southwest corner of Church and Esplanade in Downtown Toronto, the team of Harhay Developments  and Carttera Private ... read more

Daily Headlines: News from the Internet for November 14, 2016

November 14, 2016 8:31 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Toronto councillors want a seat at the Metrolinx table; Plan for neighbouring highrise pits parents against school board; Troubles at the Hotel X; and more ... read more

Photo of the Day: 730 St. Clarens

730 St. Clarens Avenue, Toronto, Akelius, Archdesign
November 14, 2016 12:00 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Today's Photo of the Day shows a detail view of the revitalized exterior of Akelius Canada's 730 St. Clarens Ave., a 1976-built, 17-storey rental tower near Toronto's Lansdowne and Dupont ... read more

MOD's Massey Tower Beginning To Rise Over Yonge Street

Massey Tower Condos, Toronto, Hariri Pontarini, ERA Architects, MOD Developments
November 11, 2016 5:22 pm | by Greg Lipinski | Comments
It has been about two years since shoring began in the heart of Downtown Toronto for the construction of the Hariri Pontarini-designed Massey Tower Condos. At our last update in ... read more

Public Realm Redesign in the Works for U of T's Willcocks Street

DTAH, University of Toronto, Willcocks Common, Toronto
November 11, 2016 4:30 pm | by Julian Mirabelli | Comments
Big changes are in store for a pedestrianized Willcocks Common, as the University of Toronto is looking to upgrade the street with a new public realm plan that would reimagine the ... read more

Live, Work, Learn, Play at Daniels Waterfront - City of the Arts

Daniels Waterfront City of the Arts, Toronto, Giannone Petriconne
November 11, 2016 4:06 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Construction is well underway on phase one at Daniels Waterfront - City of the Arts, a 280,000 ft² office component front onto Queen's Quay, and the stage is now set for the ... read more

Intelligent Cities Summit: Welcome to the Smart City

Smart city, Toronto, development, infrastructure, Internet of Things
November 11, 2016 12:56 pm | by David Rudin | Comments
A city is really just a collection of things: streets, buildings, people, services, wires, pipes, and laws. Those things are, to varying degrees, in communication with one another. The streets do ... read more

Site Plan Reveals Details of Lalu's evo Condos + Towns

evo Condos + Towns, Toronto, by Lalu Canada, Kohn Partnership Architects
November 11, 2016 12:34 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Located at the northeast corner of Lawrence and Birchmount in Scarborough, the five future buildings that make up Lalu Canada's evo Condos + Towns represent the major international company's first ... read more