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    158 Borough Drive (Housing Now, 27 + 37s, Diamond Schmitt)

    This is a great example of doing it better! Matching what the private sector has already done, and then including important amenities like childcare and landscaping. Hope whatever changes come are additive and don't subtract for the good amount of units and public amenity here.
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    Toronto | BMO Field Renovations | ?m | ?s | MLSE | Gensler

    Great find! I suspect they'll pursue a temporary North Stand Expansion and close the road between the Better Living Centre on a temporary basis. Fitting in new temporary scoreboards at the corners or within the temporary North stands doesn't seem do disruptive. Once the World Cup is over, they...
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    Toronto | Pier 27 Phase 3 | ?m | 45s | Cityzen | a—A

    I suspect the City will be generally supportive of this direction this with the caveat that they can negotiate significant S.37 funds for the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal/Yonge Slip parkland. Getting funding, especially for the ferry terminal has been a key focus for a number of recent waterfront...
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    Eglinton West LRT | Metrolinx

    Fyi. They've started doing core sampling along Eglinton from Weston to the Humber River. Saw at least 3 rigs set up and working
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    1500-1536 St Clair Ave W (Alterra/Distrikt, ?s, Sweeny&Co)

    Linking this planning study the City did in 2009. The city developed some potential massing concepts in it. But generally 3 buildings on site is what they expect Note that a large chunk of the site is neutralized due to rail corridor setbacks. Report...
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    Toronto | 990 Bloor West | 38.25m | 11s | Sierra | RAW Design

    I think this design style has some more promise to it. In the end the materials execution will decide. The potential grade level art is nice and the retail unit isnt large enough for any traditional big box style (shoppers, Rexall) at only 238 sqm. For comparison the Rexall at Queen and...
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    While it's not coming back. The benefit of the Relief Line using TTC vehicles was that Obico Yard was available for relatively uncontentious and easy yard expansion to service the vehicles But different fleet means different yard and here we are.
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    Oof. It's like Metrolinx saying "hi there large important immigrant and lower income community! Do you mind if we bulldoze 3 culturally-important uses for a noisy railyard and develop what's left with some condos which will be out of your price range?" It's disasterous PR and and a good way to...
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    Toronto | ORCA Project | ?m | ?s | P.I.T.S. | Safdie & Associates

    They worked on a building in Hamilton on King William & James IIRC. I suppose their pension arm is getting big into the real estate game with this funding capital. The project is still before the LPAT and is far from a done deal so it's a very long waiting game they are playing here. Keep in...
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    Toronto | Union Park | 303m | 58s | Oxford Properties | Pelli Clarke Pelli

    Sent an email expressing these concerns :) Hopefully future revisions are more promising.
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    Toronto | Union Park | 303m | 58s | Oxford Properties | Pelli Clarke Pelli

    How many times before we learn that monotonous block-long glass walls are not a desirable ground realm? Add some variation in texture/materials, crimp the glass in sections to provide some intrigue, introduce a little colour, and yes provide the patios it seems they already are. The designers...
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    Toronto | The Gloucester on Yonge | 147.82m | 44s | Concord Adex | a—A

    The alternative would have been a long glass façade. So while this "heritage preservation" is lip service at best, I'll take those 10ish metres of difference over another long block of glass and grey spandrel. The remainder of the podium at ground floor is already going to be a dismal glass...
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    GO Transit: Construction Projects (Metrolinx, various)

    With 15-minute headways on LSE and Stouffville. I suspect they will stagger schedules by 7.5 mins so the frequency from Scarborough to union is one train every 7.5 mins. Local trains run on the outside tracks with the combined 7.5 minute frequency, and express trains on the inside tracks. Via...
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    MiWay: Service thread

    Funding for the Lakeshore BRT announced today! $55.5 million Along with other Mississauga transit programs....
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    Toronto | 1966 Eglinton East | ?m | 48s | RioCan | Kirkor Architects

    Glad to see a continuous large park is being provided. Pocket parks are nice, and serve their purpose but ultimately you need a big space to have great programming on a civic scale which the Golden Mile will need. Bring on the towers and the height. Keep the park whole. I don't think the...
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    Toronto | Davisville Jr. Public School Redevelopment | 15m | 3s | Snyder Architects

    Their design philosophy seems to consist of "let's do some extruded large windows, but also some extruded over hangs" and that's about it from their portfolio page. Little imagination in terms of shape layers and material expression tbh. Love me some forgettable civic place making!
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    Toronto | Casa Emery Village | 154.84m | 55s | Medallion | IBI Group

    The proposed ground floor wall of glass and grey spandrel is going to kill the street. Density is fine but the design can't fall short for such a big ask.
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    Toronto | 50 Eglinton West | 137m | 39s | Madison Group | Turner Fleischer

    The podium treatment just became a lot "heavier" and more pedestrian unfriendly. The colour is removed, the datum line is lost, There is a sense of large vertical blocks on-top of you, and it's just overpowering on the heritage facade. The bent canopy is still nice though. Hopefully the...
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    Toronto | 1821 Weston | 124.65m | 38s | BSäR Group | Turner Fleischer

    Can't dismiss outright the fears of gentrification and displacement. Those things are very real to peoples lives. Weston/Lawrence is a relatively affordable place to live in the city and a highly diverse community. New development can lead to increased rents as the community becomes more...
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    Toronto | 1801 Eglinton Avenue West | 105.25m | 30s | KingSett Capital | BDP Quadrangle

    This is Kingsett as noted in the planning docs uploaded. Let's see if they build it or flip the rezoned land to another dev.