Just like that, we find ourselves at the beginning of the last month of the year, and looking back over what was big on UrbanToronto in November, 2023. It was a month where three of our most followed projects all took a top honour, one in each of three areas that we track, and all of which have been hogged in some months by just one of them; The One. The One still reigns supreme in one of our categories this month, but each category has its own winner this time; let's dig in!

Our Top 10 Most Read News Stories:

We kick off our list not with a tower, but with a major step taken by Toronto City Council; its approval of the recommendations in the Generational Transformation of Toronto’s Housing System would boost the HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan targets from 40,000 to 65,000 new rent-controlled homes to be built, with the City leading development of new homes at five strategic sites, while 51 City-owned sites have been designated for adding 16,000 to 17,500 new rent-controlled units to Toronto's housing stock. 

16. Toronto Approves Ambitious New Plan to Overhaul Affordable Housing Strategy

As we make our way up the list…

10. Mattamy Proposes 24-Storey Condo in North York City Centre

9. SmartCentres Plans Transit-Oriented Community at Caledonia Station

8. Resubmission Increases Density Along Eglinton LRT in Golden Mile

7. Dual 60-Storey Towers Proposed Along Yonge in Thornhill

… The One took two spots on this list, at #6 and #3, representing two days worth of coverage of our recent hardhat tour of the future supertall tower…

6. Hardhat Tour of The One: Construction Continues on Future 'Supertall'

5. 29-Storey Proposal at Heritage Canada Post Station C in West Queen West

4. Metrolinx Gathering Public Input On Sheppard Rapid Transit Expansion

3. Hardhat Tour of The One: Sam Mizrahi on the Continuing Work

…while jumping ahead by a spot, The Well, one of Toronto's most anticipated new projects in years, took our #2 spot in a story about its ribbon-cutting ceremony…

2. The Well Celebrates Initial Opening with Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

…and chief rival to The One for Canada's first supertall building, Pinnacle One Yonge, took the honours as this month's biggest story when The City started to get behind the push to make Pinnacle One Yonge Canada's tallest building by recommending approval of some height extensions.

1. Planning Recommends Two 'Supertall' Extensions at Pinnacle One Yonge 

3D model of the proposal for Pinnacle One Yonge looking southeast, image from City of Toronto

Our Top 10 Most Searched Database Files:

Currently under construction and set to stand 55 storeys tall — just over half the height of the proposal for Pinnacle One Yonge — a recent construction update story helped propel 8 Wellesley into a high spot among our most searched database files.

16. 8 Wellesley | Residences at Yonge

In the meantime, the rest of the list have all be among our top performers for months, with the exception of 101 Spadina gaining substantially in popularity as some updates were annouced. Up in the top three spots though, we have the big three suspects, but not in the normal order; this month The Well reigns supreme as it begins its opening to the public!

10. Forma

9. Concord Sky

8. KING Toronto

7. Mirvish Village (Honest Ed's Redevelopment)

6. CIBC SQUARE

5. Sugar Wharf Condominiums (Phase 2)

4. 101 Spadina

3. Pinnacle One Yonge

2. The One

1. The Well

The central atrium of The Well, image by Anthony Teles

Our Top 10 Busiest Threads:

Taking a look at our Busiest Threads, we find Ontario Line 3 — a 15.6km-line that will run from Exhibition Place to the current home of the Ontario Science Centre — among the most popular threads, with two other sooner-to-open LRT lines getting more attention.

13. Ontario Line 3

Finally, while The One may have seceded the top spot amidst the databases, it continues to be our busiest thread by quite a margin… but with the two other big suspects, Pinnacle One Yonge and The Well, taking number two and three spots respectively, and giving all three of these projects hat-tricks in our topping off of November!

10. KING Toronto

9. Concord Canada House

7. TD Terrace

8. Finch West LRT

6. Lower Don Lands Redevelopment

5. CIBC SQUARE

4. Eglinton Line 5 Crosstown LRT

3. The Well

2. Pinnacle One Yonge

1.  The One

Looking north to continuing construction on The One, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor WalkieScorchie

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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