Nicely put re " Toronto's gentle urbanism ". Supertalls, and such, be damned, - just ain't TO's style. We had our fling, and " embarrasment by that kind of clarity with ", the CN Tower and Skydome aka Rogers Centre. Toronto may not have the exclamation marks, but the text is there if you take the time to read it.
Yea....it's not like we don't do it (CN Tower, Eaton Centre, Skydome, etc)...and some of the concepts dreamt up but not built (Unbuilt Toronto) point out that there is not a shortage of dialogue regarding "grand gestures".
But it's the "gentle urbanism" that has paid off for Toronto in the long run, and will continue to reap the benefits from.
Toronto has tempered Big Business development with Crombie-era style city-building, and we are better off for it. Projects like Sherbourne Lanes, St. lawrence, Beverley Place are as much our style as high density nodal development outside of downtown.
Take away many other cities grand gestures and what do you have? Take away Toronto's and we still have a very liveable city.