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  1. Alex L

    Toronto The Notable | 171.6m | 50s | Graywood | Turner Fleischer

    Is the strategy here to ask for 50 and accept being bumped down to 40, like they already wanted? Seems way too small a site to support such a large building, in footprint, space for residents, and respect for neighbourhood. Has there ever been a similar site go from 7 stories to 50 stories...
  2. Alex L

    Toronto Cosburn Transit-Oriented Community | 100.4m | 29s | Infrastructure ON | SvN

    The retail storefront looks very sterile. While the current landscape can be called ugly, at least it has character and is alive. I don't see that here.
  3. Alex L

    Toronto Marlee Condos | 84.9m | 24s | Spotlight Development | RAW Design

    It IS bad for pedestrians. Maybe they shouldn't allow southbound Allen drivers go onto Marlee. The whole intersection is going to get a lot more busy as it gets redeveloped, so I hope there will be improvements for the increase in local residents. The city should consider a connection from...
  4. Alex L

    Toronto Lower Simcoe Ramp | ?m | ?s | City of Toronto

    I heard recently that there are 50,000 Uber drivers in Toronto. How much of the congestion is from those drivers? I notice a lot of them around Scotiabank Arena on game and concert nights. I remember when the York off-ramp existed, That loop would always get full up. So the problem is not new...
  5. Alex L

    Toronto 2400 Dundas West | 124.2m | 36s | Fora | Giannone Petricone

    The green tower looks like it is covered in moss. There must be pressure to buy the block across the street now. It's not shaping up as an attractive neighbourhood. Not that that side is now. No doubt the parkette is a dog bathroom. Will pigeons be welcome?
  6. Alex L

    Toronto 522 Royal York | 117.9m | 35s | Queenscorp | Turner Fleischer

    Well yeah. But even those 'trams' would be a big step up from today. And those trams would be a lot less expensive than the OL tech. OL extension would be better long-term no doubt, but you might have to really redevelop the area to get trips above the level of the Sheppard line and support the...
  7. Alex L

    Toronto 522 Royal York | 117.9m | 35s | Queenscorp | Turner Fleischer

    If you go further north of the Queensway, you'll find lots of split-levels that are bigger and more expensive. So, I don't think those homeowners are going to favour intensification. But yeah, the Queensway strip is ripe for densification. At one time, those little post-war bungalows along the...
  8. Alex L

    Toronto 522 Royal York | 117.9m | 35s | Queenscorp | Turner Fleischer

    You'll never convince drivers with off-peak service like that. Chicken and egg thing I think. If developers who are friends with Doug whisper enough in his ear, an Ontario line extension could happen ... but even an LRT like Finch West might work here and be really beneficial.
  9. Alex L

    Toronto 522 Royal York | 117.9m | 35s | Queenscorp | Turner Fleischer

    I would say the solution to traffic is for people to simply drive less. At the moment, I am car-less, and I really notice the high percentage of cars with only one person in the vehicle. I think I realize now how much I was using the car instead of walking or using the TTC, simply because I had...
  10. Alex L

    Toronto 1728 Bloor West | 67.6m | 19s | Fairway | Gabriel Fain Architects

    Well to avoid interest and holding costs. And lawyer's fees.
  11. Alex L

    Toronto 1728 Bloor West | 67.6m | 19s | Fairway | Gabriel Fain Architects

    Presumably the developer could have researched that an avenue study had been done, and looked to conform to it, to avoid confronting the neighbours and councillor. I haven't read the study, and I have no stake in the project, and I am not a neighbour. My point is simply that I think you can...
  12. Alex L

    Toronto 1728 Bloor West | 67.6m | 19s | Fairway | Gabriel Fain Architects

    I don't think there is an expiry date on guidelines. What is 'off' about the study? - I think that would be the question.
  13. Alex L

    Toronto 1728 Bloor West | 67.6m | 19s | Fairway | Gabriel Fain Architects

    The architect and developer won't be living next to it. Keep that in mind as to judging the community's feelings.
  14. Alex L

    Toronto Lower Don Lands Redevelopment | ?m | ?s | Waterfront Toronto

    and hate the islanders thread. i never know if people are jealous, or just cranky. As for my vote on a bridge ... no. There's enough activity going on there for a park. Hardly seems like an improvement to allow cars there. Would just lose more space to car park space. And a park should not be...
  15. Alex L

    Toronto 1540 Bloor West | 91.9m | 27s | Trinity Group | IBI Group

    I wonder if the developer even tried to get a demolition permit. It's been an acrimonious process for that development...
  16. Alex L

    Toronto 41 Wabash | 16.48m | 4s | VANDYK | pml.A

    It's double what most houses go for around here.
  17. Alex L

    Toronto 1540 Bloor West | 91.9m | 27s | Trinity Group | IBI Group

    Probably someone who was squatting, as the building is vacant and unused. The developer should have torn it down years ago and put in a parking lot, instead of letting it become a fire hazard. Maybe now they will be forced to tear it down. It's been an eyesore for years.
  18. Alex L

    Toronto Rail Deck District | 227.23m | 70s | Craft Dev Corp | Sweeny &Co

    In the project, I don't see the developer building what's designated as park. Yet I thought they wanted more towers in exchange for building part of the park. It's still half-baked it seems. Frankly, it comes across as a play to build as much towers as possible and leave the park construction to...
  19. Alex L

    Toronto 41 Wabash | 16.48m | 4s | VANDYK | pml.A

    They have dropped off flyers for the townhouses. $2.8 million. I wonder if they will sell.
  20. Alex L

    Toronto 444 Eglinton West | 69.3m | 19s | Arista Homes | Core Architects

    Nowadays, this tower is not that tall. Since it is on a major arterial with a transit line, it's a good location for a tower. Plus, the area is fairly low density and should be the target for intensification. I think that if the Crosstown is ever finished, ( :-) ) more towers should be expected...

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