November was a busy month in the Toronto development scene, with exciting news about the future of transit in the City shining bright against the shadow of the a challenging mortgage rate situation for many. Strides made in the construction of some of Toronto's most exciting projects made for a month full of milestones, with a strong sense of anticipation for what comes next. 

Our Top 10 Most Read News Stories:

Looking back on the news stories of November, we begin our Top 10 List at number 15, with an update on the construction of one of Toronto's few active 'starchitect' developments, KING Toronto. Marking our first coverage of the BIG-designed project since late 2021, readers were eager to learn the latest after a year of progress. 

15. Catching up with Construction at KING Toronto

It was the Ontario Line that took the attention of readers by storm this month, with two stories earning spots in the top three, while the proposed height increases at Pinnacle One Yonge may turn out to be a pivotal moment in the pursuit of a new tallest building for Canada… but readers proved to be more transit-focussed this month, following closely as the Ontario Line advances towards construction. 

10. Dual Towers Proposed, First of Several at Morningside and Lawrence

9. Equipment Installed in the First Mechanical Section of The One

8. Tower Proposed Above Leaside Crosstown Station at Bayview and Eglinton

7. Four Buildings Proposed to Intensify Etobicoke Tower-in-the-Park Site

6. Residential Complex Proposed in Etobicoke's West Deane Park Area

5. Drone Video Reveals Never Before Seen Images Inside the Core of The One

4. Choice REIT Proposes Major Transit-Oriented Community in Leslieville

3. Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario Award Contract for Ontario Line South Stations and Tunnels

2. Height Increase Could Make Pinnacle One Yonge The Tallest Building in Canada

1. Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario Award $9B Contract for Ontario Line

First look at the design for Ontario Line Trains, image courtesy of Connect 6ix

Our Top 10 Most Searched Database Files:

We'll open up the Top 10 list of most searched Database files with the project that earned the 14th spot, the dual-tower residential development designed by Frank Gehry, Forma. With preparations getting underway to build the shorter of the two towers now, the second tower of the project will become the tallest building ever designed by the celebrated Canadian-American architect, fitting for it to be in the city where Gehry was born.

14. Forma

Meanwhile, the rest of the Top 10 list looks quite similar to last month, with the addition of Time and Space Condos, a mixed-use, mostly residential development that has been progressing through construction steadily on route to delivering over 1,500 new dwelling units on Downtown's East side. The top three, however, remain unchanged, with The Well and Pinnacle One Yonge holding their spots on the shoulders of The One, a busy month that saw front page news coming from all three projects. 

10. KING Toronto

9. Sugar Wharf Condominiums (Phase 1)

8. Time and Space Condos

7. Lower Don Lands Redevelopment

6. CIBC SQUARE

5. 160 Front West

4. 8 Elm

3. The Well

2. Pinnacle One Yonge

1. The One

Looking northeast at the complete design for Time and Space Condos, currently under construction, image from submission to City of Toronto

Our Top 10 Busiest Threads:

A double mention opens November's Top 10 busiest Threads list at 14 and 15, with an affirmation that transit still ranks high among the relevant topics to the UT Forum audience. Traffic was up on the thread following Finch West LRT construction, while the news cycle surrounding the Ontario Line made for a lively thread as the project saw contracts awarded and construction coming closer to breaking ground. 

15. Ontario Line

14. Finch West LRT

Pinnacle One Yonge took a leap in forum engagement in November, jumping from the 5th spot up to second place behind the leading thread of The One - which, as usual, was in a league of its own. The Crosstown LRT came in at number six, placing it well ahead of the two transit projects listed above, while Nobu Residences was able to generate a boost in clicks with some new photography documenting the glazing progress. 

10. Forma

9. Nobu Residences Toronto

8. Sugar Wharf Condominiums (Phase 1)

7. Lower Don Lands Redevelopment

6. Crosstown LRT

5. 160 Front West

4. CIBC SQUARE

3. The Well

2. Pinnacle One Yonge

1. The One 

Looking up at the glazing installation at Nobu Residences, image by UT Forum contributor Red Mars

We will be back at the beginning of January for a recap of December's top news stories, Database files, and Forum threads!

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