$840m Transit "Promise" Raises More Questions Than It Answers

greenwood TTC Trudeau meeting
May 9, 2016 4:58 pm | by David Brake | Comments
In the wake of previous announcements about increased federal spending on public transit, Trudeau's visit to the TTC's Greenwood rail yards on May 6th prompted speculation by Relief Line activists ... read more

14-Storey Condo to Replace Humber Cinema on Bloor West

2452 Bloor Street West, Quadrangle Architects, Plaza, Toronto
May 9, 2016 4:30 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
An entertainment landmark in Toronto's Bloor West Village area could soon go the way of the silent film, as the Bloor West Village area's Humber Cinema—constructed in 1948 for the Odeon chain—is ... read more

Tower in the Park Infill Project Planned at 666 Spadina Avenue

May 9, 2016 2:12 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Just north of Harbord Street, the rental tower at 666 Spadina Avenue is a curious relic of Toronto's mid-to-late 20th century planning. Designed by acclaimed Estonian-Canadian architect Uno Prii, ... read more

Heritage Toronto Plaques Highlight Yorkville's Music History

Gordon Lightfoot, Barbara Hall, Kristyn Wong-Tam, Heritage Toronto Yorkville
May 9, 2016 12:50 pm | by Marcus Mitanis | Comments
Amid the modern luxury condominiums and trendy shops that have come to shape contemporary Yorkville, remnants of the neighbourhood's rich musical history lie embedded in the streetscape. Some of ... read more

Shoring Underway as Demolition Continues for Riverside Square

Riverside Square, Streetcar Developments, Dream, RAW Design, Toronto
May 9, 2016 12:18 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
It was early this year when the first demolition activity was spotted at the four-and-a-half acre site of Streetcar Developments and Dream's Riverside Square. At that time, it ... read more

Daily Headlines: News From the Internet for May 9, 2016

May 9, 2016 8:36 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Construction will create delays on Queen Street West for next 5 months; Construction sites can be beautiful: Toronto charity brings art to work sites; Uber debate fractures ... read more

Photo of the Day: GO Home

Photo of the Day, Union Station, Toronto, GO Transit
May 9, 2016 12:00 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Today's Photo of the Day, submitted to the UrbanToronto Flickr Pool by rodneygaviola, takes us to Union Station for a scene from one of the station's train platforms. This shot shows a ... read more

Consultations Shape Vision for Galleria Mall Redevelopment

Galleria Mall Redevelopment, Toronto, by Freed, ELAD
May 6, 2016 4:30 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Few places in Toronto encapsulate the complexities of urban revitalization quite like the Galleria Mall. Outdated, derelict, and plain ugly, the Galleria Mall has long been one of the city's most ... read more

Redesigned Grenadier Square Planned Near High Park

Grenadier Square, GWL, Zeidler Partnership, High Park Bayview, Toronto
May 6, 2016 3:35 pm | by Julian Mirabelli | Comments
It has been several years since property owner High Park Bayview and developer GWL Realty Advisors first revealed plans for Grenadier Square, for which they obtained zoning ... read more

"Every Economy has its Geography": Richard Florida and the Creative Class Theory

Richard Florida, image courtesy of
May 6, 2016 1:00 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Last week, our sister site published a long-form overview of Richard Florida's creative class theory, drawing on UrbanToronto's interview with the acclaimed urban theorist late ... read more

Central Park Ajax: A New Core for a Growing Community

Central Park Ajax, LeMine Investment Group, Kirkor Architects
May 6, 2016 11:45 am | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
While much of the GTA's recent development boom has been concentrated across Toronto's new high-rise towers, many of the region's surrounding communities are also enjoying unprecedented growth. In ... read more

Sponsored Post: Step Inside 3 Gorgeous Condos in Yorkville

Sponsored Post: Step Inside 3 Gorgeous Condos in Yorkville
May 6, 2016 11:43 am | by UrbanToronto Staff | Comments
When we say Yorkville, we probably don’t need to say any more.  Living in this exclusive neighborhood is a dream for many Torontonians—the ones who love busy places and being close to ... read more

Expanded BMO Field Ready for TFC Home Opener

BMO Field, MLSE, Gensler, PCL, Toronto
May 6, 2016 11:13 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
With the clock ticking down for the Toronto FC's home opener versus FC Dallas at BMO Field tomorrow evening, the finishing touches are being installed for the second phase of renovations ... read more

Daily Headlines: News From the Internet for May 6, 2016

May 6, 2016 9:25 am | by Marcus Mitanis | Comments
Kensington Market is Becoming a Haven for Pot Dispensaries; 'The Bentway' leads vote for Under Gardiner name; What to Look Forward to at Toronto’s First-Ever Pride Month; ... read more

Photo of the Day: Regent Park Aquatic Centre

Photo of the Day, Regent Park Aquatic Centre, Toronto, MJMA
May 6, 2016 12:00 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Today's Photo of the Day, submitted to the UrbanToronto Flickr Pool by contributor Randy Hoffmann, features a dusk view of the Regent Park Aquatic Centre. Designed by MacLennan Jaunkalns ... read more

Province Announces Sale of LCBO Lands to Menkes for $260 Million

Rendering of the Phase One tower, image courtesy of Menkes
May 5, 2016 6:02 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
The Province of Ontario has announced the sale of the LCBO head office lands on Toronto's waterfront. A $260 million deal will see Menkes Developments—in partnership with Greystone Managed ... read more

Royal Alexandra Theatre to Undergo Major Renovation

Royal Alexandra Theatre, David Mirvish, Toronto
May 5, 2016 5:55 pm | by Julian Mirabelli | Comments
As the highly successful 11-month run of Kinky Boots wraps up at the iconic Royal Alexandra Theatre, the 109-year-old Toronto landmark will be shuttered over the summer months to undergo an ... read more

Toronto Plays a Part in Two More Hot Docs Features

Darius McCollum standing beside the thing he loves the most; the New York subway
May 5, 2016 3:45 pm | by Craig White | Comments
Toronto features in two more full-length documentaries playing at Hot Docs 2016, and in a short presented before one of the two. One will be of particular interest to transit buffs, the other to ... read more

Council Approves Bloor Bike Lanes by Surprising 38-3 Margin

Bloor Bike Lane Pilot, Toronto, City of Toronto
May 5, 2016 3:10 pm | by David Brake | Comments
After years of lobbying and studies, an inconclusive committee debate, and several hours of council deliberation, Toronto's full council endorsed the introduction of protected bike lanes ... read more

DevMcGill's Arthaus Rises Above Grade in Ottawa

Arthaus Residences at Arts Court, Ottawa, by DevMcGill, Régis Côté et Associés
May 5, 2016 12:50 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Featuring a major art gallery, a hotel, and a theatre, the concentration of cultural amenities makes Arthaus Residences at Arts Court unique among Canadian condominium projects. Under construction ... read more