A Bit Awkward? PRESTO Enters Adolescence on the TTC

PRESTO card and reader, image courtesy of Metrolinx
October 20, 2016 4:04 pm | by Alex Gaio | Comments
With some of the TTC now accepting PRESTO and other parts of it not yet, it's in a bit of an awkward phase in Toronto at the moment, but the green fare payment cards from Metrolinx are "growing ... read more

Corktown Proposal Hits Market as "home: Power and Adelaide"

home: Power and Adelaide, Great Gulf, Hullmark, Core Architects, Toronto
October 20, 2016 3:03 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
First proposed back in 2013, Great Gulf Homes and Hullmark's planned redevelopment of the former Sing Tao Daily News building site near Toronto's Parliament and Adelaide ... read more

Registration Open for Madison Homes' Real Towns in Vaughan

Real Towns, Madison Homes, Flanagan Beresford Patteson Architects, Thornhill
October 20, 2016 2:00 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
While townhomes and single-family homes remain in very short supply in central Toronto, low-rise developments are still the dominant form of housing in the GTA's suburban communities. One of the ... read more

Hill and Dale Showroom Previews Sophisticated Interior Finishes

Hill and Dale Residences, Toronto, by Old Stonehenge, Clifton Blake, Studio JCI
October 20, 2016 1:19 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
At the southeast corner of Yonge and Roxborough, Old Stonehenge and Clifton Blake's Hill and Dale Residences is about to take shape on Toronto's most prominent street. Unlike many of Toronto's new ... read more

A Glimpse Into the Future: Illustrating Toronto's Skyline in 2020

Toronto Life, Scott Dickson, Robert Koopmans, Toronto, 2020
October 20, 2016 11:35 am | by Julian Mirabelli | Comments
It seems that in recent years, nearly every week has brought a new proposal for development in Toronto as the city's booming real estate market shows no signs of slowing down. These proposals have ... read more

Throwback Thursday: River City

Throwback Thursday: River City, Toronto
October 20, 2016 10:22 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Before the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games brought Toronto a new neighbourhood, the first development to rise in the West Don Lands area was the first phase of Urban Capital Property ... read more

Daily Headlines: News from the Internet for October 20, 2016

October 20, 2016 8:56 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
Mega-projects reshaping Mississauga sprawl; Proposal to licence Toronto rooming houses will face stiff opposition; The “Superpark” Sounds Great, but Let’s See Council ... read more

Photo of the Day: View from Lago at the Waterfront

Photo of the Day: View from Lago at the Waterfront
October 20, 2016 12:00 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
One of the most popular views of the Toronto skyline can be found at Humber Bay Park in south Etobicoke. Even better elevated views are a major selling point for new condominium towers in the ... read more

Public Transit: Service, Fares, Governance in Paris and Montreal

Transit, Toronto, Metrolinx, Montreal, Paris, Funding, Governance
October 19, 2016 5:00 pm | by Robert Mackenzie | Comments
Transportation experts from France and Canada shared their insights in planning regional transit systems, integrating fares, and developing new governance models for transit during an October 18th ... read more

Previewing Floorplans at Daniels Waterfont's Lighthouse Tower

Daniels Waterfront - City of the Arts, Toronto, by The Daniels Corporation
October 19, 2016 4:58 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
On Queens Quay in Toronto's East Bayfront area, the office component of Daniels Waterfront - City of the Arts now rises three levels, with the first phase of the Daniels Corporation's ... read more

Ground Floor Taking Shape at Great Gulf's Monde Condominiums

Monde Condominiums, Great Gulf, Moshe Safdie, Quadrangle, Toronto
October 19, 2016 3:15 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
It takes time to excavate the pits for new condos, and quite a while again to build the underground garage levels which act as foundations for the buildings that subsequently rise into the sky. ... read more

Inside the Presentation Centre for Grid's Sunday School Lofts

Sunday School Lofts, Grid Developments, George Popper Architect, Toronto
October 19, 2016 12:03 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
With the late-September launch of Grid Developments' Sunday School Lofts now in the books, we returned to tour the project's presentation centre, situated at the east end of ... read more

Explainer: LEED Certification

Toronto's TD Centre was recently retrofitted to achieve LEED Platinum status, im
October 19, 2016 10:00 am | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
This week, SkyriseCities' 'Explainer' returns with a look at a term that often comes up here on UrbanToronto: LEED Certification. In evaluating new developments and retrofits of older buildings, ... read more

Daily Headlines: News from the Internet for October 19, 2016

October 19, 2016 8:40 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
City officials reach for 'the pause button' on Yonge Street development; Metrolinx not counting on Bombardier for new LRT lines; Ridership Has Tripled on Toronto’s Union ... read more

Photo of the Day: Leslie Barns

Aerial view of the TTC's Leslie Barn, image by forum contributor Jasonzed
October 19, 2016 12:00 am | by Alexander Vu | Comments
Today's Photo of the Day features an aerial view of the TTC's Leslie Barns at Lake Shore and Leslie. Submitted to the Forum by contributor Jasonzed in his Drone Activity thread, this ... read more

City Marks Steps to Reclaim—and Re-Imagine—Don River Valley

The Pottery Road Bridge as conceived in the 2013 Master Plan, image courtesy of
October 18, 2016 6:12 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Above the streets, Toronto's Rail Deck Park concept has captured the city's imagination, with the project immediately hailed as "Toronto's Central Park." So far, it exists as an idea, but not as a ... read more

Mirvish+Gehry Prepares for Marketing, Seeks Site Plan Approval

Mirvish Gehry Toronto, Gehry Partners, Projectcore Inc.
October 18, 2016 4:34 pm | by Greg Lipinski | Comments
It has been just over four years since architecture and skyscraper enthusiasts witnessed the unveiling of what will surely become some of Toronto's most iconic buildings. Set in the bustling ... read more

Site Plan Submitted for Phase Two of 'The Ravine' at York Mills

The Ravine, Toronto, by Urban Capital, ALIT, Rafael + Biguaskas Architects
October 18, 2016 1:58 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
After entering the market in early 2015, the second phase of Urban Capital and ALIT Developments' 'The Ravine' development has taken another step forward, with a site plan application for two ... read more

UPDATE: Diamond Schmitt-Designed Expansion in the Works for The Drake Hotel

Looking north across Queen, The Drake Hotel expansion, Toronto, Diamond Schmitt
October 18, 2016 11:00 am | by Craig White | Comments
Since reopening in February 2004 as part of the rise of West Queen West, The Drake Hotel has served as one of the unofficial epicentres of Toronto's indie and hipster scene. While the property is ... read more

Daily Headlines: News from the Internet for October 18, 2016

October 18, 2016 8:56 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
We "can't cut our way out" of budget gaps: Toronto city manager; The Case for Diversifying Development; Too many young people priced out of housing in Toronto, mayor says; ... read more