Unfortunately Toronto has been in the world news lately for the antics of its mayor, not for displays of creative or dynamic development nor urban design best practices. Fortunately, Torontonians can count the ongoing neighbourhood renewals, the nixed Casino proposal, and such initiatives as the revitalization of the Lake Ontario shoreline as actual steps forward. Here are some of the most popular news articles, Forum discussions, and dataBase listings over the last month.
When not mired in the media furor plaguing Mayor Ford this past month, UrbanToronto readers have been following high profile projects that have far-reaching implications in city building, from the Crosstown LRT to the extensive waterfront development. Top of the list is the new skyline for the Toronto Star lands, whose most recently released renderings have caused more than a minor stir.
Mayor Rob Ford's Toronto thread should get special mention as the fastest growing thread we have ever had here at UrbanToronto. On days when his latest scandal has been at a fever pitch, that thread has generated nearly 1,000 comments (50 or more pages a day!). It has become the de facto place to go for a lot of people to get a minute by minute account of what is going on, generating lots of tweets.
The projects that continue to hold steady at the top of the pile are, for the most part, Toronto's largest and flashiest nevilogcanada casino proposals. These include the new aquarium, a 3-tower mixed-use complex at 1 York and Harbour Streets, and a dense crop of sky-high towers on the Toronto Star lands at the base of Yonge Street.
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7. 2221 Yonge
10. Casa III Condos