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  1. College Park

    Toronto | Wellesley on the Park | 194.15m | 60s | Lanterra | KPMB

    I suspect that this building's foundation will rest on piles, not directly on bedrock. Most condo's foundations go to bedrock, as they have a small footprint, and parking requirements drive the need for deep basements. For this condo, the site is huge, and two or three layers of parking will...
  2. College Park

    Toronto | Fleur Condos | 85.34m | 29s | Menkes | a—A

    If this was a community with a strong legacy network of Victorian homes and lovely gardens, I'd agree that height and shadowing would be a significant issue. However, this area is dominated by parking lots and a gritty mishmash of commercial and residential buildings: even with the Cathedrals...
  3. College Park

    Toronto | YC Condos -- Yonge at College | 198.42m | 62s | Canderel | Graziani + Corazza

    A sinkhole opened up on Yonge next to this site (30 inches deep and 15 meters long). You can actually see it starting to form in the road cracks in Marcanadian's photo above. I suspect activity on this site may have altered a local accumulation of ground water. If enough water was removed...
  4. College Park

    Toronto | YC Condos -- Yonge at College | 198.42m | 62s | Canderel | Graziani + Corazza

    Yonge street puts full humanity on show, excepting the upper 1% perhaps. It's changing though: I've been in this area from childhood, and I think it's far less gritty and fully human than a decade ago. The increase in new residents will only put more pressure on: people reporting crime or...
  5. College Park

    Toronto | 365 Church Condos | 102.1m | 31s | Menkes | Wallman Architects

    I understand the sentiment, but Tree of Heaven is a foreign invasive, and in most cases, is a "volunteer" in a neglected corner.
  6. College Park

    Toronto | Oben Flats Sherbourne | 47.6m | 15s | Oben Flats | superkül

    The diving board balconies are a bit silly, and considering the views into Allan Gardens, a lost opportunity for sitting outside with great views.
  7. College Park

    Toronto | 411 Church | 121.91m | 38s | CentreCourt | IBI Group

    Loblaws made a great business decision building out the MLG site: so many customers, both current and potential. One issue with this condo (and others) will be congestion: Church and Carlton are already choked most hours of the day. I've noticed that the eliminated street parking on...
  8. College Park

    Toronto | The Britt Condos | 142.03m | 41s | Lanterra | IBI Group

    The cladding is special - and likely challenging to reproduce or match (unlike brick). As they have to put new surfaces on, I suppose they were stuck removing it.
  9. College Park

    Toronto | Stanley Condominiums | 138.37m | 41s | Tribute | Core Architects

    I think they should re-purpose this signage for the condo - an old-time feel for a new place.
  10. College Park

    Toronto | Parkside Student Residences | ?m | ?s | Knightstone | Diamond Schmitt

    They painted the West wall, and my camera refused to shoot it. Hideous - the colour you'd choose for a high school hallway. At least the East wall is still interesting.
  11. College Park

    Toronto | Waterlink at Pier 27 | 43.89m | 14s | Cityzen | a—A

    Emerald cedars are not especially hardy in our zone - they get desiccated in our winters - and dryness is the death of them. When I see them in Toronto, I know the landscaper is presenting an idea of a place, not the reality of the place.
  12. College Park

    Toronto | Cube Lofts | ?m | 6s | Neilas | RAW Design

    I'd never open a swank shop in here with that derelict neighbour to the West. Any word on the status of that "construction" site?
  13. College Park

    Toronto | 399 Yonge | 252.3m | 75s | Capital Developments | Teeple Architects

    I peeked in during construction: only the facade was kept. The interior was demolished and entirely rebuilt. On the subject of gentrification, this is a normal cycle of rebuilding. To maintain character businesses like a museum in rebuilt commercial stock, you need substantial public funds...
  14. College Park

    Toronto | Concord Sky | 298.99m | 85s | Concord Adex | a—A

    Again, servicing of the condo and remaining small businesses requires some form of utility laneway. It's not like the Victoria Street or Gould street pedestrian-only areas which don't interfere with delivery and garbage pickup.
  15. College Park

    SmartTrack (Proposed)

    As practical as an elevated system may seem from a transportation point of view, the shading under these bridges kills off all plant life. The Don Valley is a long linear park - it's an important asset to the whole public. I'd rather any flood protection to focus on river mouth work.
  16. College Park

    Toronto | St Lawrence Market North | 25.3m | 5s | City of Toronto | Rogers Stirk Harbour

    If they refit this steel structure with glass on completion of the new market, the new park could be a greenhouse instead. Imagine the urban farming potentials! Instead, this building will be replaced by a fascinating mixture of grass, euonymus, and yew...zzz.....
  17. College Park

    Toronto | TeaHouse 501 Yonge Condominiums | 170.98m | 52s | Lanterra | a—A

    It isn't glam, but this retail strip is rich in interest and selection. The restaurants (4-5 of them), the Kleen Air shoes, and Papaya Hut are all great businesses! I won't miss the building at all, but I will miss the shops.
  18. College Park

    Toronto | Five St. Joseph | 160.93m | 48s | Five St. Joseph | Hariri Pontarini

    Thanks guys! Yep - shot from Encore.
  19. College Park

    Toronto | Eighty One Wellesley | 97.53m | 28s | Aragon Properties | Core Architects

    I'd fully support a standard formula to replace Section 37. Developer contributions to the public sphere is a great idea, and it really does upgrade our communities. My issue with the current system is this: Section 37 looks a lot like a bribe to the elected official and local community to...