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Steel Rising as 135 Yorkville's Glass Envelope Takes Shape

135 Yorkville Avenue, WZMH Architects, Camrost-Felcorp, Toronto
June 23, 2016 4:51 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Developer Camrost-Felcorp continues to bring major changes to Toronto's Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood. Immediately east of the developer's Residences of Yorkville Plaza on Avenue ... read more

SmartTrack: What Will It Cost To Build, Operate, and Ride?

Metrolinx Smarttrack map
June 23, 2016 4:40 pm | by David Brake | Comments
Three new reports released on Tuesday are making the shape of SmartTrack clearer. Metrolinx' SmartTrack GO-RER business case endorses the least ambitious of the four options for ... read more

Hot Docs Lands Permanent Home with Purchase of Bloor Theatre

Hot Docs, Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, Toronto
June 23, 2016 4:11 pm | by Julian Mirabelli | Comments
One of Toronto's most unique cinemas has now made it official that they are sticking around on Bloor Street for the foreseeable future. Following a generous $4-million gift from the Rogers ... read more

Liberty Village: Exploring the Location of a SmartTrack Station

Looking towards Downtown from Liberty Village, image by Craig white
June 23, 2016 3:20 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
As part of Tuesday, June 21st's GO Transit announcement, the Province of Ontario and City of Toronto revealed that a new SmartTrack / GO RER station is planned for Liberty Village. Of the eight ... read more

Podium Levels Taking Shape at MOD's Massey Tower

Massey Tower, MOD, Hariri Pontarini Architects, Toronto
June 23, 2016 12:06 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Two months since the pouring of the ground floor at MOD Developments' Massey Tower, more progress is apparent at the Downtown Toronto site of the 60-storey, Hariri Pontarini ... read more

Throwback Thursday: South Core's Growing Sea of Glass

Throwback Thursday, South Core, Toronto
June 23, 2016 9:58 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Toronto's emerging South Core area has come a long way in just a few short years. Back in the Spring of 2013, the view west from a condominium at 33 Bay Street overlooked three major construction ... read more

Daily Headlines: News From the Internet for June 23, 2016

June 23, 2016 8:44 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
‘Toronto’ sign will shine on in square until at least fall; Toronto Bike Share outage drags on as staff feels the heat; Does Your City Councillor Support Bike Lanes?; and ... read more

Photo of the Day: Skyline from Mimico

Photo of the Day, Toronto, skyline, Mimico
June 23, 2016 12:00 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Today's Photo of the Day, submitted to the UrbanToronto Flickr Pool by Brady Baker, takes us to the GO Transit Willowbrook Yard in Mimico. Captured on a cloudy Sunday afternoon in ... read more

Four New SmartTrack Stations Announced for Toronto's East End

The new Toronto-area stations are highlighted in blue, image courtesy of Metroli
June 22, 2016 6:40 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Today, it's the east end's turn. Following Yesterday's introduction of four new GO stations in Toronto's west end, new transit was announced for the city's east end earlier today. Joined by Mayor ... read more

City-Builders Break Ground on Weston Village Artscape Hub

22 John Street, Toronto, by the City of Toronto, Rockport Group, Artscape
June 22, 2016 4:55 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Squinting in the June sun, a diverse group of politicians, artists, developers, and students gathered in a Weston Village parking lot. Gathered next to Mayor Tory, Councillors Frances Nunziata and ... read more

Claude Cormier + Associés' Berczy Park Rebuild Progressing

Berczy Park Revitalization, Claude Cormier + Associés, Toronto
June 22, 2016 3:25 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
The ongoing rebuilding of Toronto's Berczy Park has made a fair amount of progress since our most recent update in May. Designed by landscape architects Claude Cormier + ... read more

Explainer: Architect of Record

Shanghai Tower rendering, image via Gensler
June 22, 2016 1:50 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
This week, UrbanToronto is introducing a new feature cross-posted from our sister site, SkyriseCities. The weekly "Explainer" series provides an overview of the terms used in the architecture, ... read more

Union Station Revitalization Continues at Bay and Front

Union Station Revitalization, Toronto, Metrolinx, GO, Osmington Inc.
June 22, 2016 12:22 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Almost exactly six years since the start of Toronto's Union Station revitalization, work continues on several remaining elements of the highly complex project. Since our last update ... read more

Undulating Glazing Grabs Eyeballs at 7 St. Thomas Development

7 St. Thomas, Toronto, Hariri Pontarini, St. Thomas Commercial Develoments
June 22, 2016 10:57 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
It has only been a few weeks since we last checked in on the construction progress of St. Thomas Commercial Developments' 7 St. Thomas, though we can barely keep away from the striking ... read more

Daily Headlines: News From the Internet for June 22, 2016

June 22, 2016 8:30 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
$1 billion funding gap for Scarborough transit a question of ‘priorities’; Why cities are cracking down on Airbnb; Sales of new high-rise homes boom while low-rise inventory ... read more

Photo of the Day: Yonge and Dundas

Photo of the Day, Toronto, Yonge and Dundas
June 22, 2016 12:00 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Today's Photo of the Day, submitted to the UrbanToronto Flickr Pool by Bryan Bonnici, takes us to the busy Yonge and Dundas intersection in Downtown Toronto. A 1.6-second exposure ... read more

The Foot of Yonge: Pier 27 Tower Joins Downtown Waterfront

Tower at Pier 27, Toronto, by Cityzen, Fernbrook, architectsAlliance
June 21, 2016 4:55 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
For visitors to Toronto, the foot of Yonge Street is a surprisingly inauspicious place. While the nexus of our main street and the waterfront is a locus of activity in many cities, Toronto's ... read more

Focus Shifts to King Street Redesign as Visioning Study Kicks Off

King Street Visioning Study, TOcore, Pembina Institute, Toronto
June 21, 2016 3:00 pm | by Julian Mirabelli | Comments
"This is our moment, this is our opportunity to envision King Street as something fundamentally different!": these were the impassioned words of Toronto's chief city planner, Jennifer Keesmaat, at ... read more

East Bayfront Community Abuzz with Construction Activity

East Bayfront, Toronto, construction, development
June 21, 2016 2:45 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Toronto's waterfront of today is a far cry from the once heavily industrialized south edge of the city. Following the successful redevelopment of the central waterfront in the last quarter of ... read more

Province Announces Four New GO Stations in West Toronto

John Tory addresses reporters in Liberty Village earlier today, image by Craig W
June 21, 2016 1:55 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
This morning, the Province of Ontario and the City of Toronto announced intentions to build four new GO stations in west Toronto. As part of the SmartTrack and GO RER initiatives, Metrolinx's ... read more