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    Toronto | 147 Spadina | 86.4m | 25s | Hullmark | AUDAX

    Sure, art deco was an early modernist style, but it used proportions, materials, and ornamentation that are somewhat arbitrarily considered historic or outdated today. The use of brick and stone, carvings, elaborate decoration, and even vertical design elements at street level are frowned upon...
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    Toronto | 147 Spadina | 86.4m | 25s | Hullmark | AUDAX

    As long as the design faithfully follows proper proportions and materials (and not lazy NY Towers style "inspiration"), I'm all for new buildings being built in styles that have come to be thought of as historic. Architecture followed remarkably consistent principles for thousands of years that...
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    Ontario Flag needs replacing

    I don't think it's fair to say that the Union Jack on the flag only represents people of British descent. It's meant to show our British heritage as a society, not of individual people. Those of us who aren't of British descent are part of that culture just as much as those who are. That said, I...
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    Cycling infrastructure (Separated bike lanes headed downtown)

    I've seen this a lot in the suburbs in recent years. They try to tame a ludicriously wide residential street by painting white lines that look like bike lanes, complete with dashed lines approaching intersections. These streets are often signed bike routes but don't have actual cycling...
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    Brantford Colborne Block demolition and new Laurier YMCA complex

    It's unlikely that whatever replaces these buildings will generate as much tax revenue for the city either. Lucklily most towns don't treat traditional urban fabric with such aggressive hostility. Something in the water in Brantford?
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    Proposed renaming of Dundas Street

    I'm sure there are those who'd find giving Catholic high schools public funding problematic. The church has a pretty sordid history of abuse, murder, and fighting equal rights after all.
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    It always amuses me that whenever the idea of a gondola in Toronto is brought up someone inevitably questions their feasibility in bad weather. It's a technology that dominates ski resorts and operates daily in high alpine, windswept terrain all over the world. They're specifically designed for...
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    Toronto | Mirvish Village (Honest Ed's Redevelopment) | 85.04m | 26s | Westbank | Henriquez Partners

    What's your source for black and grey brick being cheaper than more traditional colours? What I'm disputing is the assertion that buyers prefer black and charcoal because they're supposedly conservative. Black and charcoal have only recently become trendy. If buyers were as conservative as you...
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    Toronto | Mirvish Village (Honest Ed's Redevelopment) | 85.04m | 26s | Westbank | Henriquez Partners

    Is there any evidence that colourful buildings like 501 Adelaide or the Well (to name a couple random recent examples) perform worse for investors than their more numerous black and charcoal neighbours? I'm not convinced. It seems more likely that this unfortunate trend stems from the design...
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    VIA Rail

    It would still be in the CP right of way so CP would ultimately have to sign off on whatever Via proposes. The freight railways have always been fiercely protective of their corridors to ensure that they can expand in the future. Building a new line outside CP's right of way would require...
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    TTC: Yonge North Subway Extension (Finch-Richmond Hill) (Funded/Planned)

    The capacity is needed today, not a generation from now. Besides, infrastructure should be built for the needs of future generations, not only the current one. Ridership models showed that the DRL would have been the second busiest subway line in the city. I suggest that you get answers to...
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    TTC: Yonge North Subway Extension (Finch-Richmond Hill) (Funded/Planned)

    All of those things could have easily been included in the old plan without sacrificing capacity.
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    General railway discussions

    To add to Northern Light's post, attractions around Collingwood are more centralized and Banff is more spread out than you think. Blue Mountian, for example, has a self contained village unlike any of the ski resorts in Banff. And Banff isn't just a town, it's a massive wilderness park...
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    General railway discussions

    Hopefully this happens. And hopefully the Ontario government is watching the project with an eye to doing something similar to Collingwood/Wasaga Beach.
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    VIA Rail

    There's a lot of farmland around Tweed that could generate the same kind of opposition to a by-pass that the HSR proposal to London did. That's not to say it's a bad idea though. The area from there to Sharbot Lake seems the easiest place to build a new right of way and increase speeds.
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    Proposed renaming of Dundas Street

    To extend your reasoning, the Mississaugas shouldn't rename the street because they stole the land from the Iroquois. And the Iroquois shouldn't rename the street because they stole the land from the Wendat/Huron...
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    Road Safety & Vision Zero Plan

    The intersections are an improvement over older designs, but the bike lanes are still merely painted and have no physical separation. This is a wide, high speed road where 80 km/h traffic is common. The design is dangerous at best and very few people will feel comfortable biking there.
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    Barrie Collingwood Railway (BCRY)

    GO is becoming much more than just a commuter network. One could argue that the Barrie line will be more of an intercity line than a commuter line when it's fully upgraded. Same with Kitchener and Hamilton. As the system grows more complex, differentiating between commuter and other types of...
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    VIA Rail

    The map with the Ottawa by-pass is bizarre. It shows it on the CP mainline. I can see what CP gains from giving up control of the Havelock sub, but their mainline is a different story. So we'd end up with one of two scenarios: either Via runs on the line with the same scheduling and reliability...
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    Toronto | The Well | 174.03m | 46s | RioCan | Hariri Pontarini

    ^I noticed that too 🤣