Time to round up another month of city-building, transportation, and real estate talk in Toronto, with a look at our hottest news stories, dataBase files, and Forum threads from the month of December.

Our Top Ten News Stories

1. Plan for Landmark 1- 7 Yonge Development Continues to Evolve

Towers of the 1 Yonge redevelopment rising amongst other proposals and existing Toronto surroundings, image courtesy of Pinnacle

Our top news story from December covered the evolving plans for a massive mixed-use development from Pinnacle International that would include five Hariri Pontarini-designed towers with heights up to 95 storeys at the foot of Yonge Street. If built as proposed, the tallest tower would become one of the country's tallest, and would add a landmark at the foot of Yonge Street on the Toronto skyline when viewed from the islands. Number two was a story on a longtime surface parking lot on Queen near Jarvis, now seeing development plans, while number three was a proposal for an architecturally striking building at Bay on Davenport by Douglas Cardinal.

2. Empty Queen East Block Could be Set for High-Rise Development

3. 39-Storey Douglas Cardinal Design for Condo at 100 Davenport

4. Union Station Taking Shape with New Retailers and TD Partnership

5. Coming Up In 2016: Toronto's Most Intriguing Proposed Complexes

6. Intriguing Tower Proposals To Watch Develop in 2016

7. Two Ambitious Condo Projects Re-Imagine a Block of Peter Street

8. The Interview: Richard Florida and the Future of Toronto

9. Design Finalized for Grange Park Revitalization and Expansion

10. Demolition, Excavation, Restoration Continues at Union Station

Our Top Ten dataBase Files

1. 1 - 7 Yonge (Toronto Star Lands)

Park view with 1- 7 Yonge towers rising behind, image courtesy of Pinnacle International

Our top news story of the month propelled the dataBase file for the Toronto Star Lands to our top spot, dethroning the dataBase file for One Bloor East, which has otherwise held first place since September. Across Yonge from One Bloor East, The One pulls in at number three.

2. One Bloor East

3. The One

4. Union Station Revitalization

5. Sun Life Financial Tower & Harbour Plaza Residences

6. 1 Eglinton East

7. Ten York Street Condos

8. 88 Scott Street

9. 100 Davenport

10. INDX Condos

Our Top Ten Forum Threads 

1. Sun Life Financial Tower and Harbour Plaza Residences

Aerial view of Sun Life Financial Tower and Harbour Plaza Residences, image by Stefan Novakovic

With the 35-storey Sun Life Financial Tower now topped-off and nearly fully clad, the development's residential component—the two Harbour Plaza Residence towers—are rising fast and drawing much attention on the Forum, pushing the project's thread to number one. Following in second place, the EY Tower is growing taller in the Financial District, while the rapid rise of tower floors at 88 Scott Street has kept the project's thread in the top three.

2. EY Tower

3. 88 Scott

4. Ten York

5. The One

6. One Bloor East

7. 1 Yorkville

8. TTC Flexity Streetcars

9. INDX Condos

10. Exhibit Residences

How did all of these fit into the annual picture on UrbanToronto? We will have that next for you! Meanwhile, we will return next month for a recap of January's top news stories, dataBase files and Forum threads! 

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