The basement is truly sad and the street level is a missed opportunity for a gathering spot on Yonge, but I like the height, the top part of the tower and the light feature. I especially like the view of it from East Chinatown and from Yonge St. north and south.
Here is a distant view from Alexandra Park, taken yesterday.
I was at Kaiju last week and they said that they are actively searching for a new location. I didn't realize this, but they don't own their unit, and their landlord, believe it or not, had demanded a steep rent increase. Bizarre, since they'll probably end up with a vacant and valueless unit once Kaiju moves out. I think it'll be good for Kaiju if they find a place with a bit more foot traffic (that is to say, pretty much anywhere except the Aura food court).
I would not be surprised if the landlords live overseas, and they have no idea of the situation with the rest of the food court. That's the only reason I can think of for any landlord to consider jacking up rent while the other 6 or 7 units remain empty.
The LED screen at the corner is a little more lively than it was before, cycling through a few different screens and giving more life to the intersection. On the main title screen, the white lines on the sides are a nice gesture to the crown lighting. They aren't lying, this really is a "one-of-a-kind" shopping centre .