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" note the moose!"

Who knew that Mustapha was there!

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Thought I'd revive this thread with this pic from the Toronto Star Archives
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Towering model of twin-tower $48 million re-development project proposed for the block bounded by Bloor, Bay, Charles and Balmuto streets was unveiled yesterday. Plans call for a 51-storey apartment tower, a 19-storey office building; two shopping levels. The project to provide homes for 1,500; could start in fall.
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Or, a picture of several things being constructed at once, including 2 Bloor W and the Hudson's Bay Centre. (The first stage of Manulife, including the apartment tower, was already complete--its shopping podium to the right of the photo.)
 

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And the top of the Plaza II in the background. Funny how so much was built at once in that neighbourhood... and then very little for the next 35 years.
The Plaza II being, of course, part of the HBC. And while cynics might have blamed the drought on 45-foot Mayor Crombie, the reality is that the 1973 recession/gas crisis multiple whammy disrupted/reality-checked just about *everything*, *everywhere* in the overdeveloped Western-capitalist economy. (Classic case in point: how the megastructural physical plant of York U and other suburban campuses basically stopped growing at that point.)
 

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The Plaza II being, of course, part of the HBC. And while cynics might have blamed the drought on 45-foot Mayor Crombie, the reality is that the 1973 recession/gas crisis multiple whammy disrupted/reality-checked just about *everything*, *everywhere* in the overdeveloped Western-capitalist economy. (Classic case in point: how the megastructural physical plant of York U and other suburban campuses basically stopped growing at that point.)
Notwithstanding, adma, the 70’s in Toronto were not exactly static: First Canadian Place was announced around 1972, Eaton Centre Phase I opened in 1977, the St. Lawrence neighbourhood began in 1974, Dundas-Sherbourne mid-70’s and Toronto ‘s early condos like 150 Heath and Harbour Square all were built in the 70’s. The Sheraton Centre opened in 1972, the old Four Seasons on Avenue Roaf in 1978. The Roberts Library opened in 1973, Hazelton Lanes in 1976.
 

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Notwithstanding, adma, the 70’s in Toronto were not exactly static: First Canadian Place was announced around 1972, Eaton Centre Phase I opened in 1977, the St. Lawrence neighbourhood began in 1974, Dundas-Sherbourne mid-70’s and Toronto ‘s early condos like 150 Heath and Harbour Square all were built in the 70’s. The Sheraton Centre opened in 1972, the old Four Seasons on Avenue Roaf in 1978. The Roberts Library opened in 1973, Hazelton Lanes in 1976.
Though most of those were, admittedly, on the pre-approved momentum from the early 70s. (And remember that the Four Seasons took over the pre-existing Hyatt Regency of 1972.)
 

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One of my favourite buildings in Toronto. 135 Antibes. Would love to see something like this (sans glass balcony) today.

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