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    Church-Wellesley Village

    So depressing, pretty soon we'll have no more queer focussed spaces left in the city that don't involve sitting and eating.
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    Toronto 411 Church | 121.91m | 38s | CentreCourt | IBI Group

    Any word on the commercial tenants? It'd be nice to see something more active open up in this stretch.
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    Scarborough Photographs: Then and Now

    When I first moved to Canada with my mother (to join my father) in the late 1980's, we lived in an apartment building off of Tuxedo Court with other folks from behind the Iron Curtain (...and Newfoundland). I remember thinking three things about Scarborough at the time: everything felt "new" in...
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    McGill Street Arch

    Thank you!
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    McGill Street Arch

    Interestingly, you can actually see work being undertaken on the former YWCA at 21 McGill Street. My neighbour, who has lived on McGill Street since the early/mid-1970's when our townhouse block went up, is the original occupant of her particular unit. She moved to the street to teach at Jarvis...
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    McGill Street Arch

    Nothing too major but there as a reorganization of the local (City of Toronto) and Metro-level Planning and Works Departments around this time, with less discretionary decision making happening through Works. Following this, there was a mass exodus of "lifers" from the City and, to some degree...
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    McGill Street Arch

    I would also agree that moving the archway back in line with the streetwall of existing development (which will likely not change in the foreseeable future) would allow it to serve as both a gateway and a better fit considering the amount of pedestrian traffic that has to navigate it's way...
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    McGill Street Arch

    Maybe this is a bit in the vein of reviving a dead thread - but hey, why not. There's been a good discussion on where the arch comes from (St. Andrew's United Church, demolished in 1981) but little has been said as to why this location. The genesis of this archway is a design competition. In...
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    Toronto 412 Church | 112.25m | 33s | Fitzrovia | bKL Architecture

    This proposal went to pre-hearing at the OMB in early March with another pre-hearing scheduled in June (I was notified via mail). The hearing date was set for November 16, 2015. I think it was appealed as a result of a non-decision by the City of Toronto. I will reserve my judgement, but the...
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    Income Polarization in Toronto - The Three Cities study

    What I wonder is if these maps factor in aging in place. While the "middle class" is definitely eroding, many of the city's inner suburbs are seeing their (generally) blue and white collar residents aging in place and perhaps this helps to explain the drop in individual income over time.
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    Toronto Pan Am Village in the West Don Lands | ?m | ?s | DundeeKilmer | KPMB

    Isn't the photo you're thinking of the extension of Front Street? The extension will include a wider, treed boulevard type of treatment. Aside from the aesthetic component, part of the purpose is to support ecological functions and provide better water infiltration in the area by increasing tree...
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    Really Well Built Condos

    Tridel buildings tend to be well built, particularly their designs from the mid-2000's onwards. I also really enjoyed living at Radio City where the units were solid, the layout of mine was great, and the amenities were also pretty good (from a maintenance and enjoyment perspective).
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    Miscellany Toronto Photographs: Then and Now

    Interesting thread! I live across the street and always wondered: what came first, the Aids Committee of Toronto building with the Daybreak or the women's services building. It seems now that it's the latter. While the women's services building is needed it's a shame all the older structures...
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    Toronto 365 Church Condos | 102.1m | 31s | Menkes | Wallman Architects

    The board approved the building height in metres, I believe, which gave them flexibility to determine number of storeys.
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    Church-Wellesley Village

    They were never open, I live down the street and they were closed at dinner time and almost never open on the weekend. As for Zaza, I am very excited they have expanded into the area! The espresso is just like in Italy. I believe they had an issue with their patio hence why it disappeared.
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    Church-Wellesley Village

    You mean like Smith, which had an extended patio and made a killing? Or Starbucks? Or Woody's and the Black Eagle which had an expanded street presence and offered their patrons a place to congregate? Some of the serious hate for an affordable, trial project to expand the public realm in the...
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    Cabbagetown

    The owners are cheap and uninspired. They want the new tenants (of which there are none) to pay for the interior upgrades themselves and will leave the building generally in this state. From speaking to the serves at HOP, the owners tried to do the same to the original HOP location after the...
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    Church-Wellesley Village

    I honestly can't believe that the video store is still open - I haven't rented a movie (via a hard copy dvd) since probably 2006-7. Most people I know are in the same boat.
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    Church-Wellesley Village

    Frankly, this park is not safe at night nor a welcoming place for the community as a whole in its current state; while I appreciate and understand that people have concerns over "crowding out of sex workers" and "vulnerable youth," the purpose of the park is for passive recreation and enjoyment...
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    Toronto 365 Church Condos | 102.1m | 31s | Menkes | Wallman Architects

    I thought the OMB is still set to render its decision with respect to the City's motion? Can they begin with such works without that decision? http://www.omb.gov.on.ca/ecs/CaseDetail.aspx?n=PL120119

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