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    Hamilton 200 Market Street | 87.75m | 27s | Vrancor Development | srm Architects

    This is more believable than the city settling, but I could see it if staff think the writing is on the wall for the OLT to abolish the height limit. The proposal on Jackson is due to go later this year, and that is the make or break moment for the height limit. And personally, I don’t think the...
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    Hamilton Hamilton LRT | ?m | ?s | Metrolinx

    Probably not if the GO Lines get renamed to letters as proposed. Kinda wish we could go with “H1” on provincial maps or something. Now this does negate the planned lettered names, but GO has planned this for a while, so it’s neither here nor there. Maybe B-Line stays on local maps, but I don’t...
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    I would imagine that the 407 Transitway being tentatively reworked into the 407/403 orbital/Interregional line frees up the relevant sections of the 407 to the Georgetown sub for GO's use between Milton and Brampton. I really do not think building along this section of the 407 is enough to...
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    Is there not more than enough room for both? The ROW is huge. I know utilities occupy a lot of it, but still.
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    Well presumably wherever the Hamilton yards’ replacement is. Which would probably still be within Hamilton.
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    The problem is the cost of going from Burlington/Aldershot to Hamilton easily adds around $1B to any scheme to improve LSW. The marginal cost is just not worth it bundled into electrification- the tradeoff I suggested once was you’d perhaps have to cut all of the Stouffville Line to balance the...
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    Hamilton The Design District 41 | ?m | 31s | Emblem Developments | Arcadis

    Realizing this is the wrong thread, I'll finish up with this... Agreed that it is the heritage, old-timey feel that really gives Toronto's streets their magic. I am moreso impressed on the planning side that they are very conservative with preservation and don't seem to buckle all too often...
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    Hamilton 325 James Street North | 45.7m | 12s | Core Urban Inc. | Lintack Architects

    They still operate in a ton of sectors of our economy, but the retail side is certainly struggling. I imagine that diversity why they’re still around and Sears isn’t. I’m sure there’s a niche for department stores to fill, heck I like going to them on occasion. But whether or not that’s in an...
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    Hamilton The Design District 41 | ?m | 31s | Emblem Developments | Arcadis

    I can’t really tell at this point if the city has the means to do anything, or even cares enough to move resources to do it. In any case, it would be the right thing to do, but I’d wish we had the same leverage to demand heritage retention like Toronto does.
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    Hamilton The Design District 41 | ?m | 31s | Emblem Developments | Arcadis

    I think that’s exactly what they’re waiting for, which is scary. I’ve heard the exact sentiment from a lot of people on the inside, which is not reassuring at all. The Gore feels like the place where the heritage should be a selling point- it’s not a random Victorian house in the podium of a...
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    Hamilton 325 James Street North | 45.7m | 12s | Core Urban Inc. | Lintack Architects

    A big, department-style retailer would certainly look very interesting and be very useful. 3-4storeys is probably the sweet spot so you can still see the gems on KW. I’d love if The Bay came back with a downtown location, but that’s a far off prospect. It would be quite symbolic though. In any...
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    Hamilton 325 James Street North | 45.7m | 12s | Core Urban Inc. | Lintack Architects

    This could be the problem- the land is probably very valuable, so if Core Urban only did 5-10 storeys, it likely wouldn’t be enough to offset the cost. In fact, that lot might be so valuable it’s why we haven’t seen a typical 30 storey proposal (if one can even fit on the parcel with separation...
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    Hamilton The Design District 41 | ?m | 31s | Emblem Developments | Arcadis

    I think they must. Many already are- even Barton is filling in, as I’ve said before. And there’s very few units going in around there yet; must be people just moving into the neighbourhood. Downtown especially is seeing this- retail is spurting up on streets meeting James now, and King West is...
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    Toronto East Harbour | 214.2m | 65s | Cadillac Fairview | Adamson

    Something tells me you couldn't have used the old factory for making soap again anyhow...
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    Mississauga Hurontario-Main Line 10 LRT | ?m | ?s | Metrolinx

    I wouldn’t discount the psychological “rail effect” either. Given the demographics of Oakville/Burlington, we might see transit uptake increase more for LRT but not much for better bus service, as these riders probably have the choice to drive. I don’t think there’s a way to confirm that though...
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    Hamilton Market Street Residences | ?m | 44s | Lev Living

    Oh my… another one just ignoring the height limit. Things are getting interesting.
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    TTC: Sheppard Subway Extension (Proposed)

    I know someone said that the original Sheppard subway was important for relieving the number of buses using Sheppard to get to Yonge. I’m sure the full line (Sheppard W to STC) would have had ridership figures to justify it, but the stub line we got was probably the most ridership-dense section...
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    St. Thomas Volkswagen Battery Cell Factory | ?m | 1s | PowerCO SE

    These battery plants are absolutely massive and any single one will bring thousands of jobs. I do question if the industry actually has a reason to locate here more going forward, or if the incentives we offered this time around were a one-trick pony.
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    VIVA + York Region Transit

    The demographics are different in some sense, but I wouldn’t say extraordinary. Especially not for the southern half. Even just using censusmapper to look at income stats would reveal the most relevant information anyhow. I did somewhat attribute that argument to you, but moreso to bring my...
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    VIVA + York Region Transit

    The challenge of more wealthy residents is not so much an issue on YRT's ridership itself, but the impact such wealthy (and rural) residents have on York Region's budgeting for YRT. It certainly isn't helping things, but we are discounting the pull that King, Stouffville, Aurora, etc. have on...