its role (and appropriately "theatrical", as far as Mirvish is concerned) as a continuous urban backdrop. As an Edwardian-warehousey solid confronting a void--the successive void of rail yards, of parking, of Pecaut.
I agree that in the past, this stretch was indeed a sort of demarcation point...here's where the city begins..
But that was a long time ago. What has happened to the "wasteland" is now what dominates the nature of this stretch. It has a certain ceremonial flair to it. It's too bad we couldn't use University Ave for the arts & entertainment ceremonial street, rather than the staid institutional nature of what's there. This stretch needs something to elevate this, and what's proposed does that job...in spades.