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  1. unimaginative2

    Toronto | CampusOne Student Residence (was University Place) | 80m | 25s | Knightstone | Diamond Schmitt

    They have sky-high rents because so many people want to live and shop there, which is largely because they're such beautiful intact heritage neighbourhoods. It's a shame that a lot of the older and more reasonably priced businesses are getting pushed out (and I could never imagine being able to...
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    Toronto | Design Haus | 52m | 19s | Shiu Pong | Kirkor Architects

    Sure, write to Councillor Ramkhalawansingh saying that this deal, not even saving a full facade, isn't acceptable.
  3. unimaginative2

    Toronto | CampusOne Student Residence (was University Place) | 80m | 25s | Knightstone | Diamond Schmitt

    No they wouldn't. They have strict height limits and heritage conservation district rules. Sure, it's slightly easier to build towers in midtown because of the level of the bedrock, but you can build skyscrapers on anything these days, including former marshland and even filled-in lake.
  4. unimaginative2

    Toronto | Design Haus | 52m | 19s | Shiu Pong | Kirkor Architects

    I was at the community council meeting this morning where this was discussed. Unfortunately, they voted not only to merely "receive" (i.e. ignore) the heritage report, it seems they didn't even go along with the staff recommendation for a facadectomy. Instead, they're apparently going to...
  5. unimaginative2

    Toronto | CampusOne Student Residence (was University Place) | 80m | 25s | Knightstone | Diamond Schmitt

    I live in New York and have lived in Manhattan and can tell you that most of Manhattan, including most of the parts that New Yorkers actually choose to spend time in, is mid-rise or even low-rise. If you visit New York occasionally, the towering parts of Midtown are cool, but most of them are...
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    Toronto | Ontario Court of Justice Toronto | 96m | 17s | Infrastructure Ontar | Renzo Piano

    Thanks! Thought I'd pop in. That's an excellent idea. Could be quite an exceptional indoor space. Regardless it would be very nice to have use with greater public access to such a unique and beautiful building.
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    Toronto | Ontario Court of Justice Toronto | 96m | 17s | Infrastructure Ontar | Renzo Piano

    This could be a very interesting project. Architecture should definitely be a priority. Richard Meier would be an interesting and experienced choice. I'd love to see him work in a constrained urban site like this. Height will definitely be necessary if it's going to have any kind of urban...
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    SRT to be shut down for refurbishment (2015)

    We often hear this "Nobody on Earth uses the Skytrain technology. Except...except...except..." I'm not sure why "shuttle lines" are any different from other applications, but either way you also missed Bangkok and, arguably, Detroit. But all of that is beside the point: ICTS/Skytrain is...
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    Halton-Peel Freeway (MTO/Region of Peel, Proposal)

    Canada has complete sovereignty. It's not as if the UN can force Canada to do anything. But there's a certain effect on public opinion when UNESCO says that you're damaging a World Biosphere Reserve. I do agree in general that it might make more sense to build a second route rather than...
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    Union Park (ex-Oxford Place) | ?m | ?s | Oxford Properties | Foster + Partners

    Wow. Gotta say...the 13-year-old boy in me is pretty excited. Vaughan's become a parody of himself. He has approved of literally dozens of massive condo towers in the area and now he's complaining about congestion? The wrong place for large development? It's hard to imagine a better place...
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    Halton-Peel Freeway (MTO/Region of Peel, Proposal)

    Widening the 401 is a lot easier than building a new escarpment crossing, which would face massive environmental opposition and everyone up to UNESCO would have something to say. With the greenbelt in place, I don't really think that much widening is needed between Milton and Cambridge. It may...
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    Halton-Peel Freeway (MTO/Region of Peel, Proposal)

    Thanks for that great recap, Platform 27. I guess the segment of the GTA West from Georgetown to Guelph was likely killed by the environmental impact of the escarpment crossing. I don't really get the argument about the need for a fast, uncongested freight route. We already have one: highway...
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    Halton-Peel Freeway (MTO/Region of Peel, Proposal)

    Thanks for posting that map. Looking at it, I really can't see how the GTA West segment is a project that we need to build. The 407 already serves the role of bypassing the 401 and handling trips from Brampton to York Region, and it's not very congested. The GTA West highway skirts the edge of...
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    Skymark Plaza redev (3555 Don Mills Road, 34 + 28 + 25 + 7s, Brown + Storey) DEAD

    All the more reason to extend the DRL elevated along Don Mills all the way up to Finch.
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    Halton-Peel Freeway (MTO/Region of Peel, Proposal)

    Your West Brampton point is particularly interesting. This suggests that regional rail service on the Orangeville rail line could actually be quite useful through Western Brampton directly down to Meadowvale and, ideally, MCC. I agree that three regional rail stations will not cut it for a city...
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    Union Park (ex-Oxford Place) | ?m | ?s | Oxford Properties | Foster + Partners

    Great information again from MetroMan! Yikes, though...this is a bit strange. Two towers will be designed by Norman Foster, but the other two will be some sort of MGM Vegas-style confection? Then again, Vegas isn't what it used to be: they've hired Frank Gehry to design some buildings. Part...
  17. unimaginative2

    Union Park (ex-Oxford Place) | ?m | ?s | Oxford Properties | Foster + Partners

    The congestion argument seems to favour this location, since even a huge casino would really be a drop in the bucket in such a busy area. If anything, it would balance the area out since the casino would likely have evening and weekend peaks when the office towers are empty. It certainly won't...
  18. unimaginative2

    Union Park (ex-Oxford Place) | ?m | ?s | Oxford Properties | Foster + Partners

    There's a bit of a difference between saying "St. Louis is in bad shape, St. Louis has a casino, therefore the casino destroyed St. Louis and will do the same to Toronto," and saying that a casino of a certain size would employ a certain number of people. Mind you, I'm sure some casino...
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    Union Park (ex-Oxford Place) | ?m | ?s | Oxford Properties | Foster + Partners

    My point was the carelessness with which Vaughan constructs his arguments. That whole letter is riddled with deeply flawed arguments: did crime go up in Atlantic City because of the casinos or because crime was going up everywhere in cities like that at that time? Did the bars and restaurants...
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    Union Park (ex-Oxford Place) | ?m | ?s | Oxford Properties | Foster + Partners

    Did you read the quote: That looks like a pretty strong link there to me. I'm not sure how "the casino" in the second sentence could be interpreted as different from "the casino" in the first.

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