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  1. I'm thankful that Toronto's planning department...

    I'm thankful that Toronto's planning department lost this battle. Lamb's Theater Park building is gorgeous.
  2. Get rid of the OMB and land use appeals will find...

    Get rid of the OMB and land use appeals will find their ways to the courts, just like in America. The current zoning, the harmonization of 483-86, is a joke. Becarful what you wish for, the current...
  3. Except in New York the zoning rules allow for the...

    Except in New York the zoning rules allow for the construction of a 1000 or 2000 foot building. The area in and around Hudson Yards is one such location.

    In Toronto there is no such location. It...
  4. Thanks! The working group has until March 20 to...

    Thanks! The working group has until March 20 to report to city council, but they are also required to hold at least one public meeting before then. There should be some new news in the very near...
  5. Was there any question of this one not going...

    Was there any question of this one not going ahead after Oxford invested millions?

    I hope the design for the 1000+ foot offer towers stay the same.
  6. The database is usually updated a few days after...

    The database is usually updated a few days after the initial entity. Any news yet?
  7. My opinion is this building will be taller than...

    My opinion is this building will be taller than 57 real floors, although maybe not 66 - somewhere in the middle perhaps. There was a committee of adjustments meeting awhile back but the details are...
  8. Bingo! I could not agree more.

    Bingo! I could not agree more.
  9. The main complaints about the transportation hub...

    The main complaints about the transportation hub is that it doesn't increase capacity and is well over budgeted. To their credit, they were able to get PATH trains running to WTC in 2003 after...
  10. Is that how you view Urban Toronto? A site...

    Is that how you view Urban Toronto? A site dedicated to expressing concerns about every development.

    I view this place as a wealth of knowledge and a fascinating exchange of ideas on all things...
  11. I just heard the most wonderful news out of New...

    I just heard the most wonderful news out of New York City. In a speech to real estate development executives yesterday, Mayor Bill de Blasio started that it is necessary to use height and density "to...
  12. Nice find! There is already a large amount of...

    Nice find! There is already a large amount of rentals on this site. Condos may be better here to promote a mix of incomes. I am of the opinion of having a large concentration of high density rental...
  13. The city would never be able to formalize a...

    The city would never be able to formalize a process, but it is needed. I would not be surprised if the province took the lead on changing the Section 37 process in the near future:...
  14. Indeed! Hopefully he inspires a new generation of...

    Indeed! Hopefully he inspires a new generation of city builders.
  15. The development industry would jump at the...

    The development industry would jump at the opportunity to streamline the Section 37 process. Right now it's almost like a crap shoot on the amount of extractions. It's not based on a formula, which...
  16. i42, you're right on all accounts, but hear me...

    i42, you're right on all accounts, but hear me out. This is something I am very passionate about. I've never meet a planner that wasn't a good person and did what they b believe was right, but I've...
  17. In my career, I've seen one too many city...

    In my career, I've seen one too many city planners with a chip on their shoulder when dealing with developers. They're seen collectively as rich, greedy and evil. High density developments are seen...
  18. Nope, the meeting has been postponed due to...

    Nope, the meeting has been postponed due to scheduling conflict of the panel.
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  20. I think it's okay. I would have liked to see...

    I think it's okay. I would have liked to see mixed-use here. It's interesting that the residential component has been dropped all together.

    On a completely unrelated topic, maybe, I wish Jennifer...
  21. I wonder if this is due to a breakthrough in...

    I wonder if this is due to a breakthrough in negotiations.
  22. I understand the heritage preservation crowd and...

    I understand the heritage preservation crowd and if it heritage issues that result in Mirvish's downfall it has the silver lining of telling future developers that Toronto's preservation laws are...
  23. Exactly! There is so much talk about precedent...

    Exactly! There is so much talk about precedent setting but refusing M+G also sends a messsge to the development industry: don't be bold, follow a formula using familar architecture and design, and...
  24. This may be a minority opinion, but I do not...

    This may be a minority opinion, but I do not accept the narrative that a 60-storey building is acceptable while an 80-storey building is a negative precedent or somehow decreases the quality of life...
  25. Is less height at M+G seen as a desirable outcome...

    Is less height at M+G seen as a desirable outcome for the city? If so, why? Is it purely the precedence issue?

    The building looks like 8 Spruce in New York, which is a fantastic addition to the...
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