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    Streetscapes from Elsewhere - Design Inspirations for Toronto

    right, we've only had 50 years to get things in order. London in the 70's was a pretty grim place and they've managed to vastly improve things in the ensuing time. I went to Bilbao recently, a former industrial city, way smaller and less significant than Toronto and it's public realm blows...
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    Roads: Gardiner Expressway catch-all, incl. Hybrid Design (2015-onwards)

    I would say it's because of the many many bizarre rules, stop before proceeding through intersection, stop at every switch, stop because switch has to be manually changed. stop when passing some little sign hanging from the wires. Then there's the million detours currently in place which add...
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    Office Space Conversions

    Interesting article in the New Yorker https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2024/05/06/can-turning-office-towers-into-apartments-save-downtowns
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    Roads: Gardiner Expressway catch-all, incl. Hybrid Design (2015-onwards)

    I believe this is the next section west of that, only 800 metres, but somehow going to take 4 years.
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    Roads: Gardiner Expressway catch-all, incl. Hybrid Design (2015-onwards)

    I would've expected them to build the new concrete barriers before paving, I guess they'll be doing on top of the asphalt?
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    Niagara Falls Toronto Power Generating Station Redevelopment | ?m | 6s | Pearle Hospitality | +VG

    there's a treaty in place for Canada and the US to share water that's diverted from going over the falls https://www.niagarafallsinfo.com/niagara-falls-history/niagara-falls-municipal-history/boundary-waters-treaty/niagara-river-water-diversion-treaty/
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    Toronto CIBC SQUARE | 241.39m | 50s | Hines | WilkinsonEyre

    . Edit: turns out theres's a UT thread with tons of amazing photos! https://urbantoronto.ca/forum/threads/70s-era-cn-tower-photos-wanted-inside-construction-antenna-signing-opening-day.18892/page-4
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    Hydro One Project, Downtown

    they were delivered by flatbed truck, I got held up by one for 15 minutes going west on Lakeshore while it backed into a driveway. As you might expect in Toronto, this was during rush hour instead of at an off peak time like, say, the middle of the night.
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    Miscellany Toronto Photographs: Then and Now

    that looks like a 3rd Gen Honda Accord (1986 - 1989) so probably around 1988/89 if it's indeed in the 80s
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    Toronto The Well | 174.03m | 46s | RioCan | Hariri Pontarini

    why on earth didn't they bury the hydro wires when redoing the streetscape, they look terrible. is there a plan to remove them?
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    Toronto U of T: Academic Wood Tower | 77m | 14s | U of T | Patkau

    hopefully on his way to upgrade his phone!
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    Toronto 875 Queen East | ?m | 7s | Harhay | OFFICEArchitecture

    At least the commercial spaces are all occupied with generally useful businesses. Compare this to the retail stretching along the south side of queen, west of woodbine where most of the units for 3 or 4 blocks are vacant and have been for years.
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    King Street (Streetcar Transit Priority)

    I think a major factor which is rarely mentioned is how absurdly slow the typical streetcar seems to go, even with no traffic they never seem to go over 20km/h. Then there's the stop and crawl through intersections and a really long dwell time at each stop even to let 1 person on. I remember...
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    Toronto Ontario Court of Justice Toronto | 95.7m | 17s | Infrastructure ON | Renzo Piano

    there were dug up areas that aren't part of the concrete walkways, you can see one to the right of the walkway in my pic. Contractors weren't Toronto Hydro
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    Toronto Ontario Court of Justice Toronto | 95.7m | 17s | Infrastructure ON | Renzo Piano

    well, they managed to go about 5 months before digging up the pristine street, already a couple of asphalt patches also
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    Toronto Lower Don Lands Redevelopment | ?m | ?s | Waterfront Toronto

    I like it the best but it does look like they pulled it out of a catalogue of 100s of bridges they have already designed, for when competitions require a response lol
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    Toronto Union Station Revitalization | ?m | ?s | City of Toronto | NORR

    don't forget about the wooden pole, installed in 2014
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    Roads: Ambassador & Gordie Howe Bridges

    Curious why Canadian Customs is so much smaller, is that because so much more trade is US bound?
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    Downtown Decline - Future of Toronto's Downtown Core

    Interesting article about New York https://www.curbed.com/article/nyc-office-real-estate-rechler-rxr-project-kodak.html
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    Shabby Public Realm

    no, it's just Toronto Hydro incompetence/slowness. A little further west the sidewalk still hasn't been replaced in front of the Westbeach condos either which I assume is part of the same project. But my point is that I don't think any wooden hydro poles including the ones around King/Princess...

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