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    Toronto 390 Spadina Road | ?m | 6s | Armel | Giannone Petricone

    Existing 2 storey building, just south of the core of Forest Hill Village. Tallest building in the immediate area is 4 storeys, on the same block.
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    Miscellany Toronto Photographs: Then and Now

    It's the former Glen Road / Huntley Street bridge, when it was open to cars and connected south Rosedale to St. James Town.
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    Emergent Neighbourhoods

    I agree with most of the new neighbourhoods you've listed, however disagree with Regent Park and Bathurst / Bloor, as would many (if not all) of the existing residents of those neighbourhoods. While Regent Park's built form has changed dramatically, it was a residential neighbourhood before...
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    Toronto Five St Joseph | 160.93m | 48s | Five St. Joseph | Hariri Pontarini

    The former city grant program doesn't really offer a huge incentive for projects as large as this; it's always been more of a draw towards single family homes. The revised program offers up to 50% of eligible heritage work costs, but only up to $10,000, and is only available to properties that...
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    Evocative Images of Lost Toronto

    I'd guess that Beattie is referring to the car, and not the occupants. Perhaps residents of Parkdale? I can't find any reference to a last name Parkdale in the Toronto Blue Book from 1902.
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    Rare Maps of Toronto

    When my family moved in to their house, it came with an old property map of the neighbourhood, South Rosedale, from June 1905. It's an interesting account of who's who in early Toronto, and the migration of certain families north into the more secluded 'suburb' of Rosedale from the increasingly...
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    Miscellany Toronto Photographs: Then and Now

    An article in Torontoist about the statue and it's acquisition - no mention of the date the bandstand was removed: And the bandstand in 1952, by J.V. Salmon:
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    Church-Wellesley Village

    I haven't looked all the way back to see if this image had been posted previously, however it shows that there are benches being installed within the park - unless it's been redesigned? I think the issue with Cawthra Park is that it's...
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    Interesting discussion in regards to BIA boundaries and mandatory inclusion. I think this back and forth is indicative of the very difficult challenge in defining neighbourhoods with solid lines when in most cases they tend to overlap. The inclusion of Berkeley Street within the St. Lawrence HCD...
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    Toronto Juno Residences | 116.05m | 35s | Carlyle Communities | RAW Design

    Wow, this developer really knows how to get the local community on-board. Someone, call PR, quick!
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    Toronto Maverick | 154.53m | 49s | Empire | Arcadis

    Just to toss in my two cents on the letter, in reference to what planners care about - Heritage Preservation Services is located within City Planning, and works closely with their colleagues in the planning department. If the city (councillors) and the bureaucrats did not care about heritage...
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    Church-Wellesley Village

    If the building becomes designated (as opposed to just listed) the property owner will then have access to a number of incentives that will lighten the burden of restoration. The city will provide a grant for 50% of eligible restoration work (capped at $10,000 for residential, unlimited for...
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    Church-Wellesley Village

    Those Second Empire rowhouses most likely date from the late 1870's. While the first floor storefronts have butchered the main level, the second and third floors show how neglect can often work in heritage's favour - the mansard roof, dormers, wooden brackets, double-arched windows, drip moulds...
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    Evocative Images of Lost Toronto

    Running with the topic of civic guards and war time protection - scanned through, and found a couple of other 'high security' locations that were afforded guards during the Great War. High Level Pumping Station (1915) Main Pumping Station (1915) CNE Grounds (1914-1918)
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    Evocative Images of Lost Toronto

    This is a spin-off from the Toronto Architecture of the 60's/70's thread, where a photo of the fountain at the Rosehill Reservoir was posted. I couldn't find the designer, however I'm totally intrigued by the images I did come across! Who knew you used to be able to fish there? My...
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    Miscellany Toronto Photographs: Then and Now

    Thanks for sharing thecharioteer! I've done quite a bit of looking into on New York City purpose-built multi-storey parking garages, I'm curious about how many of them existing in Toronto, or if this is the only one. Fascinating buildings, either way. Interesting to note that they removed the...
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    Miscellany Toronto Photographs: Then and Now

    Has anyone come across images of the above building prior to its conversion into condominiums in the 1980s? I'm curious to know what the old parking lot looked like. Dating from the 1920s, its a fascinating example of early adaptive reuse in Toronto. I believe I've seen images of the interior...
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    Miscellany Toronto Photographs: Then and Now

    That's a really good point Mustapha - it might be difficult for us to currently see the value in preserving the memory of buildings such as the one you show above, however this might not be the case in 20 years. The importance of our vernacular architecture is just as relevant as more...
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    Toronto Forma | 308m | 84s | Great Gulf | Gehry Partners

    There job is planning, and part of planning is interpreting and enforcing the Official Plan and existing zoning - tools that are used to enact plans created by planners. It also includes updating said OP and zoning, which they do quite frequently. Consider them analogous to referees - they serve...
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    Toronto Forma | 308m | 84s | Great Gulf | Gehry Partners

    Planners' "jobs" aren't to throw themselves behind developments and "make them happen". Their jobs are to use planning tools in order to enact planning policy. This project does not conform to existing planning policy, against which the planning department must evaluate all plans. It is up to...