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What Will Driverless Cars Mean for Transit and the Urban Realm?

How will driverless cars change the city? image by UT Flickr contributor Greg's
February 16, 2017 6:48 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
The highway flows smooth and gentle as a river, sleek cars moving in sync; passengers are reading, elegantly sipping coffee, speaking face to face, or tapping away on the next-next generation of ... read more

Fare Integration: Metrolinx Considers the Options

Cross-border fares between the TTC and neighbouring transit systems
February 16, 2017 5:27 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
While Torontonians continue to debate what transit infrastructure to build where, there's an equally contentious exchange happening now between Metrolinx, the provincial agency in charge of ... read more

Structural Forming Nearing Completion for ArtHaus in Ottawa

ArtHaus Residences, Ottawa, DevMcGill, Régis Côté, KPMB, Barry Padolsky
February 16, 2017 4:18 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Approximately 350 kilometres northeast of Downtown Toronto's phalanx of cranes and construction sites, a potential landmark is soon to top off in Downtown Ottawa's Byward Market ... read more

Mid-Rise Retirement Residence to Replace Don Mills Parking Lot

905 Don Mills Road, Toronto, by DCMS Realty, Kirkor Architects
February 16, 2017 2:16 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
North of the CP rail tracks, a new retirement residence could be coming to Toronto's Don Mills Road. The 10-storey development has been proposed at 905 Don Mills, on a 2,901 m² site at the ... read more

Shoring and Excavation Underway for The Met in Vaughan

The Met, Plaza, Berkeley, Quadrangle Architects, Vaughan
February 16, 2017 11:53 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Following the late-2016 start of preliminary construction activity at the site of Plaza and Berkeley's The Met, work continues at the Vaughan site of the new Quadrangle ... read more

Throwback Thursday: Living Shangri-La

Throwback Thursday: Living Shangri-La, Toronto
February 16, 2017 11:00 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
This week's Throwback Thursday takes us to the southeast corner of Queen Street and University Avenue in late 2009, for a southwest view across Toronto's grand boulevard. At that time, ... read more

Daily Headlines: News from the Internet for February 16, 2017

February 16, 2017 9:31 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Latest councillor a reminder of lack of diversity on city council; Time to create a TTC transit museum, councillor says; Toronto council approves 2 per cent property tax ... read more

Photo of the Day: Pearl Street

Photo of the Day, Toronto, Pearl Street, Financial District
February 16, 2017 1:00 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Running on an east/west axis just north of King Street, Pearl Street is a narrow one-way street that offers an impressive view from its west end at John Street. In today's Photo of the Day, ... read more

Growth To Watch For 2017: North York Centre and Willowdale

SIX25BV Condos, Teeple Architects, Haven Developments, Toronto
February 15, 2017 5:48 pm | by Greg Lipinski | Comments
Now over a third of the way through our annual Growth To Watch For series, 2017 edition, this instalment picks up from where we ended our Downsview and York University story. Starting right ... read more

Durham BRT: New Transit Infrastructure East of Toronto

Typical Cross-Section of Phase 1 of the Durham BRT
February 15, 2017 5:00 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
While Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) projects in the western half of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) are still in the planning and design phases, their equivalents in York Region to the ... read more

Beefed-up Structure Preparing 488 University for 37 New Floors

Residences of 488 University Avenue, Amexon, Core Architects, Toronto
February 15, 2017 4:15 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Construction at Amexon Development Corporation's Residences of 488 University Avenue has come a long way since site activity commenced in the Summer of 2015. The Core ... read more

Tower at Pier 27's Lakefront Shoring Closes in on Completion

Tower at Pier 27, Toronto, architectsAlliance, Cityzen, Fernbrook
February 15, 2017 1:42 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
In the (almost) one month since we checked in on the state of construction at Cityzen Development Group and Fernbrook Homes' Tower at Pier 27, shoring work on the ... read more

New Site Plan Application Expected for 5468796's Lake & East

Lake & East Condos, Oakville, by Fortress, Engine, Symmetry
February 15, 2017 12:25 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Ahead of a June OMB review, planning for Oakville's Lake & East is continuing. The team of Engine Developments, Fortress Real Developments, and Symmetry Developments is moving forward ... read more

Explainer: Brise Soleils

Ministry of Education and Health Building's brise soleil, Brazil, image via Wiki
February 15, 2017 11:03 am | by Alexander Vu | Comments
This week, our 'Explainer' looks at Brise Soleils, an architectural design element that has increasingly gained momentum thanks to its functionality. A method of making the interior of buildings ... read more

Daily Headlines: News from the Internet for February 15, 2017

February 15, 2017 10:05 am | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Metrolinx rejects Bombardier's claims of laxity in wake of court filing; Competing budget narratives expected as 2017 numbers finalized this week; Crews clear Yonge and St. Clair for morning ... read more

Photo of the Day: Bloor-Yorkville Aerial

Photo of the Day, Toronto, Bloor-Yorkville, drone
February 15, 2017 1:00 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Today's Photo of the Day features a drone-captured view over Toronto's Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood. Submitted to our Forum by contributor Jasonzed, this shot faces southeast over the area, ... read more

TOcore: DRP Reviews City's Plan for Downtown Evolution

Between two towers, image by Marcus Mitanis
February 14, 2017 6:52 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
By 2041, the population of Downtown Toronto is expected to practically double, swelling from 250,000 to 475,000 residents. As the core's residential density increases, the clustering of employment ... read more

Shoring Underway at the Site of Brookdale on Avenue Road

Brookdale on Avenue Road, Toronto, Cityzen, Fernbrook, Fortress RDI, RAW
February 14, 2017 5:40 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Construction is now underway at the site of Cityzen Development Group, Fernbrook Homes, and Fortress Real Developments' Brookdale on Avenue Road, a 7-storey mid-rise ... read more

Downtown Office Market Records All-Time Record Low Vacancy

CBRE, Q4 2016 commercial market, Toronto
February 14, 2017 4:14 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
A new report from CBRE is underlining major demand for new office space in Downtown Toronto. The new 2016 Q4 commercial market report signals a growing disparity between the demand for ... read more

City Presents Options for King Street 'Transit-First' Corridor

February 14, 2017 1:55 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
As hundreds of Torontonians made their way through the line and squeezed through the doors, the seats filled up, and the standing room quickly followed suit. Some people were turned away at the ... read more