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I was looking to see updated pictures for the redevelopment at the corner of Yonge and Queen. Is this the correct forum topic, I looked several pages back but can't find.
 

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I peered through a gap in the construction doors yesterday and you can see the tables in place in the store. There seemed to be a lot of cleaning going on in the new Apple Store.
 

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I hope that the glass opening onto this lane now, and the increased footfall here from employees that will be moving in, will help transform it into a more welcoming passage. It still needs some greenery and art though…

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Replacing the concrete (lane surface) with some variation of interlock would be a great start!

Depending on if the entire passage is viewed as pedestrian, there appears to be enough room along side of the restaurant for 2-3 large trees at maturity, if they are given really good growing conditions.

That space will be extremely shady which is a bit of a challenge; but with the right assist, Basswood or Sugar Maple might just make it; or something shorter and less robust, but which can still provide green and a modest
bit of shade, Alternate-Leaf (Pagoda) Dogwood.

If vehicle clearance is still needed, something creative could be done with seating where its affixed to the walls, and its pull-down, so someone can standup, the seat retracts and there's room.
 
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Replacing the concrete (lane surface) with some variation of interlock would be a great start!

Depending on if the entire passage is viewed as pedestrian, there appears to be enough room along side of the restaurant for 2-3 large trees at maturity, if they are given really good growing conditions.

That space will be extremely shady which is a bit of a challenge; but with the right assist, Basswood or Sugar Maple might just make it; or something shorter and less robust, but which can still provide green and a modest
bit of shade, Alternate-Leaf (Pagoda) Dogwood.

If vehicle clearance is still needed, something creative could be done with seating where its affixed to the walls, and its pull-down, so someone can standup, the seat retracts and there's room.
It should have lighting and security as well.

Nobody wants to be mugged just for walking down the passage with a newly purchased iPhone/Samsung Galaxy Fold/MacBook Pro/PlayStation 4 Pro/Xbox One S/Canada Goose jacket/[insert very expensive product].
 

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The new Apple Eaton Centre is open and it gives us hints about what's next for Eaton Centre's ongoing renewal.



The most telling detail is how they framed the store. The stock room and other back of house operations are along the side, leaving the back open to a future expansion. The back wall of this store is set away about 10 feet from the perimeter of the outside wall along James Street. This back wall is built with modular panels that can be easily removed. This lines up with my hunch that Cadillac Fairview is planning a big western facade redevelopment of the Eaton Centre in coming years.

In 2024, Old City Hall will vacate the courts and be turned into a City of Toronto Museum. James Street will be closed to traffic, creating a new public square between Old City Hall and the Eaton Centre. It'll make sense to open these stores to the outside, opening directly onto this new square. The Apple's new store is built in a way that makes this easily done, even without having to shut down the Apple Store for renovations. They can build the outside facing addition having that 10 foot buffer to work inside of and then they just have to remove the panels overnight and voila, the Apple Store suddenly has outdoor access into a public square.


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It'll be interesting to see how future stores along this stretch are redeveloped in the coming years. If my hunch is correct, Banana Republic, Pink and Bailey Nelson would be redeveloped into flagship stores. Smaller stores like Jack & Jones, Cath Kidston, Geox, Sunglass Hut and Godiva could be consolidated into a bigger tenant, probably a restaurant, merging into Duke of Richmond with both mall access and an Old City Hall square outdoor patio.
 
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