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Recent content by TJ O'Pootertoot

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    TTC: Yonge North Subway Extension (Finch-Richmond Hill) (Funded/Planned)

    It's a big deal if the construction of those boxes is or isn't part of the contract, though.
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    High Tech Transit Oriented Community (Richmond Hill Centre, Metrolinx, up to 80s, BDP Quadrangle)

    First of all, I doubt "party hacks" are involved in this level of detail. I'd assume it was collaboration between MMAH planning staff and the developers (or their planning consultants which, based on the engagement materials, are Bousfields and WND). And we don't have to speculate about the...
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    High Tech Transit Oriented Community (Richmond Hill Centre, Metrolinx, up to 80s, BDP Quadrangle)

    I'm too lazy to find the Bridge thread and cross-post but if anyone cares to read through them, the MZOs are posted on the Ontario Environmental Registry website. There are links here to the maps and to the MZOs themselves. High Tech is here: https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/019-5404 And Bridge...
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    Rogers Centre Renovations

    I don't think anyone is arguing Rogers Centre is perfect as is. The point, such as it is, is simply this. No matter how strong the arguments against it are, you have to reconcile the facts that Rogers Centre is consistently ranked as one of the worst ballparks in MLB, but it consistently has...
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    Rogers Centre Renovations

    My bad! I came across it with a Major League GIF and the mind went straight to Cleveland :) (The ChiSox are averaging just under 20k a game, [so Cleveland is 25% worse] , but they also have a retro-style, outdoors, grass ballpark and they have thingies that spin and shoot off sparks when people...
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    Rogers Centre Renovations

    This take still makes me chuckle.. I won't post this stuff for all 81 games but LIVE FROM CLEVELAND! I guess there's no concert today? (The Blue Jays are averaging 32,350 people/game. 10th in the league right now. Cleveland is one of the worst in the league, averaging below 15k. And if you...
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    Zoning Reform Ideas

    These are notable exceptions buuuut I think we have to allow for technology as a different thing. Obviously microwaves and PCs and TVs are a bit of a different thing, without getting into Moore's Law and such. Processing power is obviously cheaper and innovative products become cheaper once they...
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    TTC: Yonge North Subway Extension (Finch-Richmond Hill) (Funded/Planned)

    Those are fair points and there's no question suburban office is a challenge although I think it's also true that employment has changed so much in the past two years, forget 2009, who knows what 2030 will look like. And this housing is much-needed but it's also not coming on to the market...
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    High Tech Transit Oriented Community (Richmond Hill Centre, Metrolinx, up to 80s, BDP Quadrangle)

    Even there, at 40,000 housing units, you might be low-balling the population a bit. And it's important to remember that the TOC's are not the entire growth centre(s). I haven't done the math but it looks like Bridge TOC is about 60% of the Langstaff Gateway area and High Tech is, mmm, maybe a...
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    High Tech Transit Oriented Community (Richmond Hill Centre, Metrolinx, up to 80s, BDP Quadrangle)

    Well, almost. The developers agree to pay the Province, who uses it to build the station. It doesn't matter to the landowners at Bridge/High Tech if the Province uses that money for a station somewhere else or not, so the quid pro quo isn't that direct. . As to it going to Royal Orchard over...
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    TTC: Yonge North Subway Extension (Finch-Richmond Hill) (Funded/Planned)

    I mean, Markham previously hired arguably the foremost expert in TOD to design the plan for that area, albeit premised on the prior subway alignment. That said (and no offence!) I'm gonna say between your plan and his and what's in the MZO, it's probably the Calthorpe plan that was the best. The...
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    High Tech Transit Oriented Community (Richmond Hill Centre, Metrolinx, up to 80s, BDP Quadrangle)

    I haven't seen the MZO's yet but they will have (or should have) parking rates. It'd be shocking if they're not at least in that 0.3 spaces/unit range, if not lower. I mean, this is allegedly a transit-oriented community, right?
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    High Tech Transit Oriented Community (Richmond Hill Centre, Metrolinx, up to 80s, BDP Quadrangle)

    There is a difference in that there was a direct deal between the province and the landowners in this instance and that did not happen at VMC. But you are certainly right that anyone who thinks the DeGasperis family or any other large developer in Ontario donates only to the PCs and not the...
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    High Tech Transit Oriented Community (Richmond Hill Centre, Metrolinx, up to 80s, BDP Quadrangle)

    Countrywide Homes is somewhere in that umbrella too. That said, I don't know how much highrise any of their divisions have actually built. Metrus is all commercial, far as I know.
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    TTC: Yonge North Subway Extension (Finch-Richmond Hill) (Funded/Planned)

    I think it's fair play to argue that the employment ambitions that RH and Markham had were overly ambitious. The way employment's been the last 3 years, who even knows what 2040 will look like. That said, the MZO's really set the bar low. It's always going to be easier to build and sell...

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