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Greenbelt Alliance Cautiously Optimistic for Post OMB Ontario

According to some critics, the OMB was too pro-development, image by Tommi Aarni
May 26, 2017 2:54 pm | by Greg Lipinski | Comments
Just over a week ago, the Province of Ontario announced the creation of new tribunal that would replace the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) as we know it today. The Provincial government argues ... read more

Century-Old Icon Reborn in Scarborough's Guildwood Area

The Guild Inn, Dynamic Hospitality, Peter Pascaris, Giancarlo Garofalo
May 26, 2017 1:05 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
It was 1914 when Colonel Harold Bickford constructed an Arts and Crafts-style manor in what is now Scarborough's Guildwood Park neighbourhood, though after a full century of changes in ownership ... read more

OAA Cautions Against Demolition of Davisville Jr. Public School

Davisville Jr. Public School Redevelopment, Toronto, by TDSB
May 26, 2017 12:05 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Adding some weight to the movement to save Toronto's Davisville Jr. Public School from impending demolition, the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) is pushing the Province to instead consider ... read more

CNU Announces Toronto New Urbanism Film Festival

Toronto New Urbanism Film Festival, image courtesy of CNU Ontario
May 26, 2017 10:01 am | by Alexander Vu | Comments
The Congress for New Urbanism Ontario (CNU) has announced this year's Toronto New Urbanism Film Festival. Held at the Innis Town Hall on the University of Toronto's St. George Campus, the two-part ... read more

Daily Headlines: News from the Internet for May 26, 2017

May 26, 2017 8:20 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Toronto area home sales sink after cooling measures; New Kensington Market bike lanes approved by council; The Arrogance of Scarborough Transit Planning Leaves Thousands ... read more

Photo of the Day: Old City Hall

Old City Hall viewed from Nathan Phillips Square, image by Flickr user Richard P
May 26, 2017 12:00 am | by Alexander Vu | Comments
Today's Photo of the Day features a view of the clock tower at Old City Hall contrasting against a modern office tower. Submitted to the UrbanToronto Flickr Pool by Richard Pilon, this shot was ... read more

Doors Open 2017: Our Top Building Picks For This Weekend

May 25, 2017 6:08 pm | by Eric Chen | Comments
This year's Doors Open Toronto is set to be one unlike any so far, celebrating the 150 years of Canadian history and the growth of Toronto over time. The venues are diverse and spread across the ... read more

Cladding Installed as YC Condos Rising on Yonge at College

YC Condos, Toronto, Canderel, Graziani + Corazza Architects
May 25, 2017 4:45 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
In the roughly three months since our most recent construction update covering Canderel's YC Condos, much progress has been made on the 198-metre high Graziani + Corazza ... read more

Revised Plan Tabled for 18-Storey Office Building at 65 King East

65 King Street East, Carttera, Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects, Toronto
May 25, 2017 3:45 pm | by Matthew Derohanessian | Comments
Newly revised plans have been submitted for a proposed 18-storey office development at 65 King Street East in Downtown Toronto. Developed by Carttera Private Equities and designed by Page + Steele ... read more

Toronto City Council's Scatterbrained Transit Debates Continue

A crowded Bloor-Yonge Station, which could be relieved by the Relief Line
May 25, 2017 1:15 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
Whenever transit items come up for debate at Toronto City Council, there's bound to be a healthy mix of, "That's sensible"; "I'm not too sure where he's going with this"; and "Huh?" Yesterday's ... read more

UPDATED: Eaton Centre Pedestrian Bridge Rapidly Taking Shape

Eaton Centre bridge, Wilkinson Eyre, Cadillac Fairview, Toronto
May 25, 2017 10:58 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
It has been a busy month of work at Cadillac Fairview's Toronto Eaton Centre, as crews have been simultaneously demolishing and constructing a pair of pedestrian bridges connecting two ... read more

Throwback Thursday: King East Centre

King East Centre, 333 King East, First Gulf, Pellow + Associates, Toronto
May 25, 2017 10:00 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
The recent opening of First Gulf's 17-storey Globe and Mail Centre has added roughly 500,000 ft² to the King East Centre commercial complex, located on that street between ... read more

Daily Headlines: News from the Internet for May 25, 2017

May 25, 2017 8:30 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
A tall building next to a Toronto public school? Oh, the humanity; Metrolinx appealing court loss over Bombardier contract; City Council debates Mayor John Tory's tactics on ... read more

Photo of the Day: Bustling Crossroads

King St W and Bay St intersection, image by Marcus Mitanis
May 25, 2017 12:00 am | by Alexander Vu | Comments
Today's Photo of the Day features a bird's eye view of the streets of the Financial District in Toronto. Submitted by Marcus Mitanis, this photo was captured from the shuttered ... read more

Audacious Proposal Envisions Towers Beside Rail Deck Park

ORCA Project, Toronto, by P.I.T.S Development, Sweeny &Co.
May 24, 2017 6:26 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Lingering between hope and anticipation, the ambitious vision for Toronto's 21-acre 'Rail Deck Park' is either about to take a major step backward, a major step forward, or some combination of ... read more

GO Transit: What's Next After 50 Years?

GO Transit, Metrolinx, Toronto
May 24, 2017 5:24 pm | by Greg Lipinski | Comments
Yesterday marked a major milestone for GO Transit in the celebration of their 50th anniversary, and held at Roundhouse Park in Downtown Toronto. Home of the Toronto Railway Museum, representatives ... read more

Hamilton's 'Consulate' Pop-Up Coming to Toronto's Queen West

Downtown Hamilton, image via Paul Elia Studio
May 24, 2017 3:33 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Malaysia, Argentina, Trinidad and Tobago, Switzerland, Pakistan, Ghana, and Hamilton. From this sampling of Toronto's consulates, it's not hard to pick the odd one out. Cheekily wresting a place ... read more

Provincial Government Introducing Four Updated Land Use Plans

Updated map showing the Greenbelt Area in the GGH, image courtesy of the Provinc
May 24, 2017 3:00 pm | by Eric Chen | Comments
Last year, we reported that the Government of Ontario was taking steps to amend the land use plans and policies that guide how the Greater Golden Horseshoe grows. As part of this initiative the ... read more

DRP Assesses Early Plans of 47-Storey Project at 101 Spadina

101 Spadina, Toronto, by Devron, Great Gulf, Diamond Schmitt
May 24, 2017 11:42 am | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Legally speaking, Devron Developments and Great Gulf's Downtown Toronto project at 101 Spadina Avenue does not yet exist. That's because no formal application has been made, and no documents have ... read more

Excavated Pit Grows Larger for The Met Condos in Vaughan

The Met, Vaughan, Plaza, Berkeley, Quadrangle
May 24, 2017 10:00 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Construction crews have been working away at the site of Plaza and Berkeley's The Met since preliminary activity commenced in late 2016. A new condominium tower and ... read more