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Pencil-Thin Retail and Restaurant Complex Proposed at 86 John

86 John Street, Toronto, by Sweeny &Co Architects Inc.
July 28, 2016 5:07 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Following our recent update on the extremely slender 17-storey tower at 24 Mercer Street, another svelte proposal evidences a somewhat novel approach to development in Toronto's Entertainment ... read more

The Oculus: Future Uncertain for South Humber Park's Hidden Modernist Gem

Park Pavilion, Oculus Pavilion, Humber River Park, Toronto
July 28, 2016 4:22 pm | by Julian Mirabelli | Comments
Cyclists and pedestrians taking a casual stroll along the Humber River Recreational Trail have for years been greeted by a rather fantastical, if not jarring site. Perched next to the trail in a ... read more

10 Storeys of Amenities Planned at St. Lawrence Condos

St. Lawrence Condos at 158 Front, Toronto, by Cityzen Development Group, Fernbro
July 28, 2016 1:50 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Recently branded as St. Lawrence Condos at 158 Front, Cityzen and Fernbrook's 26-storey condominium will replace a surface parking lot with a pair of architectsAlliance-designed towers. Spanning ... read more

Townhome Exteriors Taking Shape at Dunpar's Trafalgar Ridge

Trafalgar Ridge, Dunpar Homes, Oakville
July 28, 2016 11:01 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
The urban condo lifestyle has grown to become the norm within the city limits of Toronto proper, though more traditional forms of housing remain the popular choice in many of the GHTA's other ... read more

Throwback Thursday: Living Shangri-La Toronto

Throwback Thursday, Living Shangri-La, University, Adelaide, Toronto
July 28, 2016 9:52 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Today's Throwback Thursday highlights the changing view from the southeast corner of the University and Adelaide intersection. Back in May 2010, construction was well underway at the site ... read more

Daily Headlines: News From the Internet for July 28, 2016

July 28, 2016 8:45 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Toronto cyclists talk 'dangerous' streetcar tracks; Why A Woodlot Could Add Millions to the Cost of the Scarborough Subway Extension; Hamilton joins Vancouver, Toronto, ... read more

Photo of the Day: Sunset Silhouette

Photo of the Day, Toronto skyline, sunset
July 28, 2016 12:00 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Today's Photo of the Day, submitted to the UrbanToronto Flickr Pool by Adrian Badaraco, comes to us from a residential unit in Toronto's new West Don Lands neighbourhood. ... read more

24 Mercer: Scott Shields Architects' Super-Thin Tower Evolves

24 Mercer Street, Toronto, by Scott Shields Architects
July 27, 2016 5:38 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Tucked in amongst Toronto's ever-expanding cluster of Entertainment District high-rises, the proposed 17-storey building at 24 Mercer Street would hardly register for its height alone. However, ... read more

Previewing The Met Condos Presentation Centre in Vaughan

July 27, 2016 4:55 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
With sales quickly progressing for Plaza and Berkeley's The Met, a 35-storey condominium tower coming to Jane Street north of Highway 7 in Vaughan, we paid a visit to ... read more

Revised Proposal Emerges for World's Biggest Bookstore Site

20 Edward Street, Toronto, by Lifetime Developments, architectsAlliance
July 27, 2016 4:00 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
For almost two years, the former Edward Street site of Toronto's defunct World's Biggest Bookstore has sat empty. Initially envisioned as a low-rise 'restaurant row' in early 2014, the plan ... read more

Graywood's SCOOP Condos Coming to Eclectic St. Clair West

SCOOP, Toronto, by Graywood Developments, SMV Architects
July 27, 2016 12:52 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Across the street, the neon cross fronting Toronto's Faith Impact Ministry Inc. reads 'JESUS SAVES.' To the east, the fine-grained retail landscape is still full of Italian and Portuguese cafés, ... read more

Explainer: Floor Space Index

Each of these building blocks has the same floor area ratio, image via City of T
July 27, 2016 10:00 am | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Our weekly 'Explainer' returns with an overview of the term 'Floor Space Index,' courtesy of our sister site, SkyriseCities.com. You'll often see the term Floor Space Index—or, for those in the ... read more

Daily Headlines: News From the Internet for July 27, 2016

July 27, 2016 8:09 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Newest Councillor Michael Ford ‘a little milder than Rob and Doug’; Did Eliminating 504 King Car Stops Make Any Difference?; One-third of bicycle crashes in downtown Toronto ... read more

Photo of the Day: Downtown Verticality

Photo of the Day, Toronto, Aura, Financial District
July 27, 2016 12:00 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Today's Photo of the Day, submitted to the UrbanToronto Flickr Pool by Dave Jackson, features the recently-completed 78-storey Aura at College Park in Downtown Toronto. Framed by ... read more

MOD, Woodcliffe, and YMCA to Redevelop Waterworks Building

Waterworks Building Redevelopment, Toronto, by MOD, Woodcliffe, Diamond Schmitt
July 26, 2016 4:56 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Toronto is a city of invisible histories. Where condos, parking lots and parks stand in place of bygone civic landmarks, the city wears the clothes of a younger place. West of Spadina, Maud Street ... read more

Poll Asks Public to Help Name New Park at 11 Wellesley West

City Poll Asks Public to Help Name New Park at 11 Wellesley West
July 26, 2016 4:30 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
The City of Toronto wants your help naming the new 1.6 acre park coming to Toronto's Yonge and Wellesley area! With a shortlist of three names, voting is now open to name the L-shaped park bounded ... read more

Dewatering Latest Step in 50 at Wellesley Station's Excavation

50 at Wellesley Station, Plaza, Quadrangle Architects, Toronto
July 26, 2016 3:45 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
We have been keeping a close eye on the construction of Plaza's 50 at Wellesley Station following the late-2015 start of site activity for the 37-storey Quadrangle ... read more

59-Storey Mixed-Use Tower Proposed at 100 Simcoe Street

100 Simcoe, Toronto, by Sun Life Assurance, Diamond Schmitt
July 26, 2016 3:18 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Another high-rise tower has been proposed for Toronto's Entertainment District, with a rezoning application submitted to the City to allow a 59-storey building at 100 Simcoe Street. Situated on ... read more

Mid-Rise With Some Affordable Housing Proposed in West End

3385 Dundas Street West, Terra Firma Homes, Habitat for Humanity, TACT
July 26, 2016 12:32 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Though 2016’s provincial Promoting Affordable Housing Act has yet to pass and bring with it a new age of inclusionary zoning in Toronto, it appears that a handful of new proposals are taking the ... read more

Daily Headlines: News From the Internet for July 26, 2016

July 26, 2016 8:43 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Bloor bike lane construction begins next week; Michael Ford wins Toronto byelection to take over his late uncle Rob Ford’s council seat; John Tory commits to protecting ... read more