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  1. torontologist

    Toronto | Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design) | ?m | ?s

    Municipal heritage designations can’t stop/won’t stop the province from replacing it if they need to. Provincial interest always supersedes. The main roadblock would be any objection from the Feds, as interprovincial railways are under their purview.
  2. torontologist

    Toronto | 656 Danforth Avenue | 160.73m | 49s | Del Boca Vista Properties Inc | Studio JCI

    Looks like the proponents are trying to get in there before an Ontario Line TOC project potentially sterilizes the assembly. Densification on the Danforth… hallelujah 😍😍😍
  3. torontologist

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

    It’s refreshing to see a new Toronto park design that hasn’t been over-programmed to death. This serves its purpose well. The promenade nature of the space is part of its charm. As someone who uses it regularly, I’m glad they went with this.
  4. torontologist

    Ontario Line Extension West of Ontario Place (Speculation)

    That's the way the City sees it. The province calls the shots now and will own the Ontario Line. The City can design whatever it wants, but it's not gonna sway much. The province's long-term plan (vision?) announced March 10 or so has the Ontario Line eventually forming a loop around much of...
  5. torontologist

    Ontario Line Extension West of Ontario Place (Speculation)

    When the PCs win another majority in June, I’m fairly certain we’ll see a promise to extend the Ontario Line west into southern Etobicoke before the end of 2025. Ford considers delivering subways to Etobicoke his legacy; there’s no way he’s gonna pass this up.
  6. torontologist

    Toronto | East Harbour | 214.2m | 65s | Cadillac Fairview | Adamson

    I respectfully disagree.... I think our problem is the exact opposite; no one thinks we belong in the big leagues. Most Torontonians I know talk about "how boring it is compared to New York" or "how uncultured it is compared to Montreal" etc etc, and it's this attitude that leads us...
  7. torontologist

    Toronto | 1233 Queen East | 27.94m | 8s | Core Development | Studio JCI

    It was working class 30 years ago. I will admit that it has maintained wider economic diversity than most "Angular Plane" neighbourhoods in the Old City. But let's not pretend that there isn't a significant contingent of 50-80y.o. people there who bought their home more than 20 years ago, are...
  8. torontologist

    Toronto | 1233 Queen East | 27.94m | 8s | Core Development | Studio JCI

    Amen. It should be noted that the protection of sunlight is not afforded evenly across the city. For some reason City Hall has determined that the wealthiest Torontonians are in dire need of sunlight, lest they become pale and wither away. Funny how in working class areas there seem to be less...
  9. torontologist

    Toronto | 506 Church Street | 49.79m | 14s | Graywood | Diamond Schmitt

    I really like this too, for a variety of reasons: It maintains the Crews and O'Grady's spaces for Queer social venues, which are disappearing rapidly. The rhythm of the streetwall is maintained with the three storey brick bump-outs It uses high-quality materials The colours aren't depresso grey...
  10. torontologist

    Toronto | Ontario Line: Pape Station | ?m | ?s | Metrolinx | HDR

    Ideally the city would adopt design guidelines that enforce small storefronts on Danforth, as well as zoning designations allowing for mid rise throughout the East End. Since that seems unlikely, I’m advocating for an MZO and the OLT to set a precedent. Towers are better than nothing; we’re in...
  11. torontologist

    Toronto | Ontario Line: Pape Station | ?m | ?s | Metrolinx | HDR

    Absolutely praying for a 20-30 storey TOC build here to set a new precedent for the Danforth. “If you build it, they will come.”
  12. torontologist

    Toronto | 6167 Yonge | 54.36m | 14s | Republic | IBI Group

    This is really nice actually. Good materials, good massing, good colour scheme. Perfect for the location. Is the yellow facade a heritage building, hence the cut-out over it?
  13. torontologist

    Toronto | Motto | 38.25m | 11s | Sierra | RAW Design

    It’s not about the cost; it’s so that the building looks as anonymous as possible so as to not offend the sensibilities of potential investors, who don’t give a sh*t about what it looks like as long as it gains value. Unfortunately those who live there and nearby are the ones who have to deal...
  14. torontologist

    Toronto | West Don Lands: Block 20 | 162.61m | 46s | Dream | Henning Larsen

    Can’t wait until rent control is expanded to buildings built after 2018 so I can rent one of these ;)
  15. torontologist

    Toronto | 180 Queens Quay East | 75.5m | 22s | Rom-Grand Waterfront Ltd | a—A

    Good god, the street frontage in that rendering from March is shameful. The lack of care just makes me sad :(
  16. torontologist

    Toronto | East Harbour | 214.2m | 65s | Cadillac Fairview | Adamson

    As others have said, it needs to be updated to include the current iteration of the transit node concept and TOD/TOC elements, and the fastest way to do that is an MZO. It may offer more certainty to the government's private sector partners that are partially paying for the new transit...
  17. torontologist

    Toronto | East Harbour | 214.2m | 65s | Cadillac Fairview | Adamson

    Since this is the future site of an Ontario Line and GO RER station, an MZO would be appropriate. Glad to see that any future plan will include mixed uses. An "employment zone" in this part of the city, abandoned at night, at this scale would be a scary place. Also.... we're in the middle of a...
  18. torontologist

    Toronto | 1086 Yonge | 47.33m | 12s | North Drive | Reflect Architecture

    Still can't believe someone built a mini strip-mall at Rosedale Station... man, the 70's were wild
  19. torontologist

    Toronto | 134 Parliament | 145.8m | 44s | Lamb Dev Corp | a—A

    Hopefully it has a contrasting colour scheme as well. It would nice to have something skinny and warm vs something blobular and cold to break up the skyline a little.
  20. torontologist

    Toronto | 250 King East | 139.5m | 43s | Emblem Developments | IBI Group

    So torn about this one as a neighbour... I'm a yimby, but that podium is bleak. It would be easier to speak in favour of it at meetings if it contained small commercial spaces to replace the existing ones. The City's focus should be on streetscape, less so on height. edit: just saw a new...