I think it's a little facile to blame our politicians for the poor design of recent condos. First, we elect these bozos, so to a certain extent they have to reflect wider public opinion. Second, let's be honest. Toronto has always been an ugly, utilitarian city unconcerned with either esthetics or even construction quality. Sure, we did create some lovely old buildings, many of which we tore down, but mostly the city has always been a shabby, decrepit, third-rate slum. We seem to be fine with a low-quality, aggressively ugly and dysfunctional public realm, so it's unclear why we should expect anything better from private developments. Finally, the identikit condo genericus that has come to take over our city could be from almost anywhere on the planet. We're not so special, and given our record of city building, we shouldn't expect anything better. I'd go so far as to argue that most of the new condos are a trade up from the surface parking lots, strip malls, unused private green spaces around sixties towers, and completely undistinguished two storey retail buildings they generally replace.