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Explainer: Privately Owned Public Space

The Iceboat Terrace POPS in CityPlace, image by Marcus Mitanis
August 24, 2016 11:17 am | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
This week's Explainer touches on an issue that's recently been at the forefront of Toronto's civic discourse. More commonly referred to by the acronym 'POPS,' the inclusion of Privately Owned ... read more

Daily Headlines: News From the Internet for August 24, 2016

August 24, 2016 8:45 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
The life and death of Peter Dickinson and The Inn on the Park; Toronto’s subway system to benefit from federal infrastructure fund; Federal infrastructure investment means ... read more

Shayne Dark's 'Nova' Brings a Bright Presence to Tableau

Tableau, Toronto, by Urban Capital, Wallman Architects
August 23, 2016 1:40 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Last week, a series of massive, seemingly phosphorescent tubes arrived at Toronto's Richmond Street. A few days later, the base of Tableau Condominiums was transformed by the vertical presence of ... read more

Neighbourhood Node: Community News from the UT Forum

August 23, 2016 10:00 am | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Through our front-page news, UrbanToronto works to keep our readers up to date with the latest goings-on of Toronto's development, design, transit, and urban politics. Covering everything from ... read more

Daily Headlines: News From the Internet for August 23, 2016

August 23, 2016 7:52 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
High-rise living increasingly part of GTA’s high-priced housing; Toronto Should Get Angry About How Council Has Failed to Address the City’s Social Housing ... read more

Daily Headlines: News From the Internet for August 22, 2016

August 22, 2016 8:24 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
For new condo buildings, forget about height – focus on design; Celebrating 60 years of Highway 401 in Toronto; The Terrible John Tory-Backed Zoning Change That Undermines ... read more

Daily Headlines: News From the Internet for August 19, 2016

August 19, 2016 8:39 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Toronto ranked fourth most livable city in the world; Embrace new transit technology or else, U of T study says; Toronto challenges Queen's Park over affordable housing; ... read more

Throwback Thursday: South Core Skyline

East-facing view of the South Core area, April 30, 2013, image by Marcus Mitanis
August 18, 2016 10:00 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
This week's Throwback Thursday covers one of Toronto's fastest-changing areas. The last few years have brought several new buildings to the area south of the Downtown Core, and new projects ... read more

Daily Headlines: News From the Internet for August 18, 2016

August 18, 2016 9:09 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Only 7 per cent of Torontonians call city ‘The Six'; Protesting taxi drivers call Toronto's Uber licence ‘political stunt’; Why Bike Safety is Still an Issue for Women in ... read more

Components of Shayne Dark's 'Nova' Arrive at Tableau Condos

August 17, 2016 1:40 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
With occupancy now underway, construction is winding down at Tableau Condos, a 36-storey Wallman Architects-designed condominium development in Toronto's Entertainment District. The ... read more

Explainer: Self-Climbing Formwork

Self-climbing formwork at Toronto's Shangdi-La Hotel, circa 2011, image by Marcu
August 17, 2016 10:00 am | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
What's formwork, and how does it climb? If these questions have been keeping you up at night, you've come to the right place. If not, let's learn about self-climbing formwork anyway. Courtesy of ... read more

Daily Headlines: News From the Internet for August 17, 2016

August 17, 2016 8:39 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Toronto announces new Uber licence, background checks for drivers; GTA's 'transit renaissance' plan underfunded by as much as $30 billion; A Love Letter to Light-Rail ... read more

City Seeks Input on Licensing of Rental Apartment Buildings

An apartment-rich skyline, image by Jack Landau
August 16, 2016 10:37 am | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
As part of an effort to standardize and regulate rental apartment buildings, the City of Toronto is calling for public input to guide the creation of a new licensing framework for multi-unit ... read more

Daily Headlines: News From the Internet for August 16, 2016

August 16, 2016 8:42 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Toronto's rail-deck park dream depends on securing air rights; Why do condo towers in Toronto all look the same?; Urbancorp buyers watch as their new-home dreams get sold ... read more

Daily Headlines: News From the Internet for August 15, 2016

August 15, 2016 8:40 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Toronto businesses reserving judgement on Bloor bike lanes… for now; Toronto restaurant faces backlash for public space patio; Federal cash for infrastructure funding deals stalled; ... read more

Daily Headlines: News From the Internet for August 12, 2016

August 12, 2016 8:32 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
What the giant mural at Yonge and St. Clair says about Toronto; New Bloor bike lanes in Toronto must pass ‘rigorous’ tests; Toronto group crowdsources map of public seating; ... read more

Throwback Thursday: Toronto Harbour Commission Building

Throwback Thursday, Toronto Harbour Commission Building, South Core
August 11, 2016 10:12 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
The historic Toronto Harbour Commission Building was at one time the southernmost building in Toronto, though harbour infill and urban development have since allowed the city to grow two more ... read more

Daily Headlines: News From the Internet for August 11, 2016

August 11, 2016 9:14 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
GO Train platform changes start at Union Station; Nope, the Private Sector Doesn’t Magically Pay For High Speed Rail; Councillor ‘exasperated’ as chain eatery opens at ... read more

Explainer: Business Improvement Area

A retailer in the world's first ever BIA, in Toronto's Bloor West Village, image
August 10, 2016 10:30 am | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
The term BIA (Business Improvement Area) is one that often shows up on UrbanToronto, with local streetscapes and businesses—and even new developments—strongly influenced by the presence of BIA's ... read more

Daily Headlines: News From the Internet for August 10, 2016

August 10, 2016 8:24 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Q&A: Chief city planner Jennifer Keesmaat, who wants build a “Central Park” for downtown; How Transit App Saved Me From a Terrible Commute; Taxi drivers prepare to ... read more