There remains almost no area in the city that is immune to Toronto's densification. Beyond the core, there is pressure to develop the waterfront, underused parcels, derelict lands, and the overall reach of the GTA. UrbanToronto readers eager to see the city transform have more than enough to sink their teeth into. Here are some of the most popular news articles, Forum discussions, and dataBase listings over the last month.


The biggest news story to catch UT readers' attention last month is Toronto's new status, having overtaken Chicago in population and positioning itself as the fourth largest city in North America, behind urban heavyweights Mexico City, New York City and Los Angeles. It's likely the city will only continue to grow at a rapid pace, particularly with such initiatives as Canada's newly launched Start-Up Visa program that seeks to attract highly skilled entrepreneurial immigrants. Interest was high in the city's broader stories too, including the city's boldest developments such as 1 Yonge St and of course, the ongoing casino saga...

Toronto skyline viewed from the east, image by Razz

1. Toronto Now the Fourth Largest City in North America

2. Pinnacle International Advances Plans for Landmark 1 Yonge Project

3. Big Change is Coming to The Ordnance Triangle

4. MGM and Cadillac Fairview Unveil Exhibition Place Casino Vision

5. World Architecture News Awards include Big Wins for TO and Canada

6. End of Tunneling in Toronto for Spadina Subway Extension

7. First Full Rendering of Yonge + Rich Condos Reveals Complex Skin

8. Cityzen Front St. Proposal Emerges from OMB Relatively Unscathed

9. Carttera Seeking to Build Condos on Four Points Sheraton Site

10. Freed Launches 155 Redpath Condos at Yonge & Eglinton


Major mixed-use projects continue to figure prominently in Forum discussions, particularly regarding Toronto's expanding financial core and entertainment district. Already in construction, the One Bloor East project is going to be a game-changer for the Yonge-Bloor area, its tower far surpassing (in height, anyway) everything this far north. Ïce Condominiums and Southcore Financial Centre on York Street near the waterfront continue to intrigue readers who comment regularly.

Podium of One Bloor East, image courtesy of Great Gulf Homes

1. One Bloor East (1 Bloor St E., Great Gulf Homes, 75s, Hariri Pontarini)

2. Ïce Condos at York Centre (Lanterra, 57 + 67s, aA)

3. Southcore Financial Ctr: Bremner Tower & Delta (GWL/bcIMC, 30 + 47s, KPMB & P+S/IBI)

4. 300 Front St W (Tridel, 49s, Rudy Wallman)

5. L Tower + Sony Centre (Castlepoint/Fernbrook/Cityzen, 58s, Libeskind/P+S)

6. Aura: Residences of College Park III (Canderel, 78s, G+C)

7. Bay Adelaide Centre East Tower (Brookfield, 44s, KPMB & Adamson Associates)

8. Residences at the RCMI (426 University, Tribute, 42s, Zeidler)

9. 156 Front St W (Cadillac Fairview, 65s condo + 54s office, Zeidler)

10. Pure/Clear Spirit, Gooderham Condos (Distillery, Cityscape, 32 + 40 + 35s, aA)


Our dataBase continues to grow with each new entry as more projects are announced regularly in the GTA. The dataBase is a repository for architectural renderings, project information as well as floorplans. The projects that continue to hold steady at the top of the pile are, for the most part, Toronto's largest and flashiest proposals. These include the new aquarium, a glass skyscraper anchored by a triangular wedge-shaped base at Ten York St, and a massive, condo conglomerate at 1 Yonge. 

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, image courtesy of Ripley Entertainment Inc.

1. Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

2. Ten York Street Condos 

3. 1 Yonge

4. Oxford Place

5. L Tower

6. One Bloor East

7. Waterlink at Pier 27

8. Yonge & Rich Condominiums

9. 383 Sorauren Avenue

10. 36Hazelton

Interested in more information or renderings of these projects? Follow the links or click on a dataBase entry below. Have thoughts on these UrbanToronto trends? Post a comment!

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