Actually, yeah, it is kinda shocking that people would want the same generic design repeated over and over again. I just can't see people walking down Yonge Street in 30 years from now and saying I love how this street is lined with flat, generic glass windows!!! (almost all of them blocked with boxes or cheap plastic advertising) Have low expectations and don't be surprised when you end up with, well, what we are getting. (very, very generic!)Different people liking different things shocker
This looks great. I'm excited to see how it interacts with everything that's being built on or proposed for that stretch of Yonge. Things seem to be heating up from Gerrard all the way to Bloor.
I understand what you are saying but retail destinations and/or high streets consist of retail buildings or situations where retail isn't just a secondary use filling some ground floor space of an over sized podium. Adding some texture or separate storefronts (note the divided space of the leases may not match up) won't make that much a difference. Just visit some of these big box malls or lifestyle centres springing up. Unfotunately, Yonge is now destined to be a residential Bay Street.Again, we have another generic, glass wall at street level. Now put a nail salon, dentist's office and a subway sandwich shop and tell me how that is going to make Yonge Street a shopping destination or even a decent place to walk? If this was the only development with a glass wall, in the area, it wouldn't be an issue but the reality is, it's happening on probably much more than 50% of new developments on Yonge Street. (if not more like 90%) I think it's going to take away any remaining charm or character on Yonge. I find those walls of glass to be cold and anything but animated. I say, stop this shit now, before it ruins the whole city.
Why can't developers give us attractive, stylish, animated storefronts on major streets? Is that really too much to ask? It should be a requirement of all highstreet development. People don't seem to realize how important the street level retail is, in creating a great walking city.