UrbanToronto is a multi-headed beast. With a Front Page news section covering over a thousand stories a year, a dataBase of development files covering nearly 700 projects in the Greater Toronto Area, a Newsletter which recaps the latest updates, a development Map that puts everything in context, and a lively Forum that has threads which following every conceivable facet of development that you can think of, there's a lot going on.

In all, UrbanToronto racked up nearly 26 million page views from over 2 million unique viewers in 2014, and like we do at the end of every month, we are going to look back on where most of those hits were landing, but looking back over the whole year, we are going to look a little closer at each of the most popular sections of UrbanToronto. In subsequent articles we will look at which developments grabbed the most attention from amongst our dataBase files, and we will look at which news stories got people the most excited. Here, we dig into the heart of UrbanToronto, its Forum threads.

It's this part of our site which from which the rest of it all sprang. Back in 2000 a number of enthusiasts who cared about architecture and planning in this city discovered a website founded by Ryan Delrue, a Forum where anyone could talk about any Toronto development that excited them, what they loved about this city, what their aspirations for it were, and of course, where they believed things were coming up short. The earliest posts have since been lost by the flawed original software, but our new software is now tracking over 20,000 threads in 30 sub-forums with some posts dating all the way back to 2004.

We have become quite the record of people's opinions on development for over a decade now, and a treasure trove of photography chronicling both Toronto's recent rise and its built heritage. Recent activity has not been restricted to threads about new buildings, transportation links, parks and the like, with Toronto politics having also been a huge part of the mix in 2014. Threads on our Mayors and the aspirants, past and present, created huge bursts of traffic as the civic election came upon us, and has continued as the new administration is coming in, but the busiest sections of UrbanToronto remain our threads dedicated to new developments.

Following is our list of the projects which attracted the lion's share of conversation over the last year. 

One Bloor

Aura, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor kotsyAura, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor kotsy

2 Aura Residences of College Park

3 L Tower

Ïce and the surrounding Southcore area by Jimmy WuÏce and the surrounding Southcore area by Jimmy Wu

4 Ice Condos

5 Sun Life Financial

Bay Adelaide Centre East Tower and the Financial Core, TorontoBay Adelaide Centre East Tower and the Financial Core, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor ChesterCopperpot

6 Bay Adelaide Centre East Tower

7 Theatre Park

Theatre Park and nearby structures, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor G.L.Theatre Park and nearby structures, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor G.L. 17

8 Ten York

9 Mirvish+Gehry Toronto

The base of the Mirvish+Gehry Toronto towers, image courtesy of ProjectcoreThe base of the Mirvish+Gehry Toronto towers, image courtesy of Projectcore

10 88 Scott

11 INDX Condos

The Aga Khan Museum, image by Craig WhiteThe Aga Khan Museum, image by Craig White

12 Agan Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre

Up next, our most popular dataBase files of 2014.


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