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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    Toronto isn't Manhattan but infrastructure as permanent as a subway line needs to gauge what the city will look like decades into the future NOT what it looks like now. 2041 projections (only 2 decades from now) put the downtown core population at 475,000. The core is one third the land area...
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    Toronto | Aquabella at Bayside | 51m | 14s | Tridel | 3XN

    Which is why they should be barred from publishing renderings they have no intention or hope of delivering. It's dishonest and, in some cases, fraudulent. If this happened in most other industries they'd be roundly lambasted, prosecuted, etc. It's like showing a customer an Audi, delivering...
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    Toronto | Ontario Court of Justice Toronto | 95.7m | 17s | Infrastructure Ontar

    One of the few places in the downtown where glass elevates the immediate area.
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    West Don Lands: Blocks 17 + 26 ? ? ?

    Repercussions need to be harsh enough to deter crooked people from attempting it in the first place. What you described above should be only the initial penalty. There should be a fine, license to build suspended, and upper management barred from working in this industry for the next 10 years...
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    Toronto | 950 King West | 46.5m | 13s | Intentional Capital | Sweeny &Co

    Sometimes it's just not workable and that needs to be acknowledged. Move the heritage building to a park and make it into a recreation/visitor centre. Trying to incorporate it into a new building is unlikely to result in a good outcome.
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    10 Dundas East (former Toronto Life Square, Ent Prop Trust, 10s, Baldwin & Franklin)

    Abysmal building. The only saving grace is that a third of it is covered by screens.
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    Toronto | Yorkdale Mall | ?m | ?s | Oxford Properties | MMC Architecture

    Exactly. The idea that this pandemic is a one off is bizarre. After this pandemic there will be another, then another, then another. The only unknown is how long between them and how destructive they'll be. With the permafrost melting we'll inevitably come into contact with contagions that...
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    Toronto | St Lawrence Condos at 158 Front | 91.44m | 26s | Cityzen | architectsAlliance

    St. Lawrence Condos and those black lamp posts are the only attractive things in that entire shot. So much ugly in every direction.
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    369 Queen St W (e of Peter, ?s, ?)

    That glued on Victorian front next door is plain stupid looking. I'd rather have an empty lot.
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    Toronto | Daniels Waterfront - City of the Arts | 156.05m | 45s | Daniels | RAW Design

    Disagree. There's enough room on either side to pass but that doesn't mean it's satisfactory. That's an awfully low bar you're setting. One can move the trees far closer to the curb without it being an issue. You don't put trees smack dab in the middle. It's a poor design decision. And if...
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    Toronto | 1 Yorkville | 183.18m | 58s | Bazis | Rosario Varacalli

    This may one day be an attractive building. Better glass would go a long way. I await the 2060 re-clad.
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    Toronto | Mirvish+Gehry Toronto | 308m | 82s | Great Gulf | Gehry Partners

    That'a akin to someone reducing your take home pay and then arguing 'can't you enjoy many pay scales'?
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    Toronto | Union Station Revitalization | ?m | ?s | City of Toronto | NORR

    Toronto will get another kick at the can when the new rail station on the old Lever factory site is realized. It's a blank slate so hopefully we get something comparable to Penn Station/Moynihan Train Hall.
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    Yonge Street Revitalization (Downtown Yonge BIA/City of Toronto)

    I'm thrilled that the re-imagining of Yonge is on the table but agree 100%. Even when it comes to one area like paving, this doesn't look like anything special. This preliminary rendering suggests a fairly standard paving system.. Brisbane used granite on their main shopping strip, the...
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    Toronto | Mirvish+Gehry Toronto | 308m | 82s | Great Gulf | Gehry Partners

    Aren't we really talking about Toronto building 1-2 buildings at this price point vs the 20-25 buildings like this that Manhattan has/is building? Toronto surely has enough HNWI (High Net Worth Individuals) that it can build a 1-2 buildings like this. If you look at the HNWI data in cities...
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    Toronto | Mirvish+Gehry Toronto | 308m | 82s | Great Gulf | Gehry Partners

    What a disappointment. I thought this would actually happen due to it being Gehry, the existence of 8 Spruce (Beekman) in NYC, and Toronto's current standing in the world. It's obviously possible to build what the original renderings suggested so is this the limitations of the developer...
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    Toronto | Theory Condos | 101.49m | 30s | Parallax | IBI Group

    Yes, it fell far short of what the renderings suggested. The renderings suggested something marginally passable (C+) and we got a clunker.
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    Toronto | 212 King Street West | 311.8m | 79s | Dream Office

    Agree but find the proportions awkward.
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    Toronto | 200 Queens Quay West | 237.5m | 71s | Lifetime | Wallman Architects

    Agree although the colour scheme is Worlds Away from the uniform colour scheme in the area.