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    Hurontario LRT | Metrolinx

    They should have just turned right at Eglinton or Derry and gone to Pearson.
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    Crosstown LRT | Metrolinx

    I think Voltz is correct here. The original EA had the above ground stop at Leslie. That is what had been designed and what had been approved. That became the default option. After that here was an 11th hour political push from the reduce-costs side to continue the tunnel all the way to Don...
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    Rail Deck Park (?, ?, ?)

    You don't have to go to Milan to find examples of green roofs. https://goo.gl/maps/yeiTecpts8u
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    407 Rail Freight Bypass/The Missing Link

    The only thing preventing CP from moving the line is money. CP is a publicly traded company and they aren't going to do anything that negatively affects their shareholders. Since they were there first they are largely protected from lawsuits so they don't have any incentive to move. The only...
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    Baby, we got a bubble!?

    The point is they are trying to solve a problem that is fundamentally about wages not keeping up with inflation by artificially driving prices down. This is not a problem that is unique to Toronto and Vancouver. Every major city, New York, London, Singapore, Tokyo etc. has the same problem...
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    Baby, we got a bubble!?

    Fundamentally housing pricing isn't about affordability, it's about supply and demand. The reason for the high prices in Toronto and Vancouver is because we aren't building housing, and the infrastructure to service it, fast enough. People want to live in Toronto and Vancouver so filling the...
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    TTC: Scarborough Subway Extension (formerly LRT replacement) (City of Toronto, Design Phase)

    I think the ridership numbers don't matter because every parking lot at the STC can be developed with high-rise condos. I suspect nobody is saying that publicly because it would seriously affect the lease rates at the mall.
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    Public Square and New Park Design in Toronto

    The problem isn't the change itself. Given enough time ecoregions can migrate assuming the geography is conducive. The problem is the rate of change. For slower growing plants like large hardwood trees the northern boundary of the species might only be able to migrate a few kilometres per decade...
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    Public Square and New Park Design in Toronto

    From a human-centric point-of-view it may (or may not) be "better" to be 5 degrees warmer, but every other living creature, including the trees and plants it will be a disaster. Many species won't be able to adapt quickly enough to survive, and once one link in the ecosystem disappears the whole...
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    Planned Sprawl in the GTA

    Milton - too dense for automobiles, not dense enough for transit.
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    Crosstown LRT | Metrolinx

    A set of six cars is 138m. A set of 8 like is currently used on Lines 1 and 2 are 184m long, so it's actually about half.
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    Crosstown LRT | Metrolinx

    A four car subway would defeat the purpose. The whole benefit of heavy rail is that you can get more people on each train by having considerably longer train sets. Converting the whole line to accomodate four car subway (max. 825 people) rather than three car LRTs (max. 750 people) would not...
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    Crosstown LRT | Metrolinx

    No. The station platforms are too short. They are only about a third the length of a subway platform. It's likely that if the Eglinton West Subway had of been built back in the 1990's it would connect to the airport by now; and by this time we would be building, or planning to build, an...
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    How many people in Toronto were likely born in Toronto or have many generations of roots here?

    One of my great great grandfathers came to Toronto in 1851 and lived in the city. I've been told he's buried in the Necropolis at Sumach and Winchester but I've never been able to find documentation to verify that. His son moved out of the city to rural southwestern Ontario. I moved back into...
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    Hurontario LRT | Metrolinx

    Urban design is not a one-size-fits-all situation. You create walkable communities where is appropriate but where it's not appropriate you prioritize other things.

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