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Old October 21st, 2012, 09:09 PM   #201
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Those 2 buildings in the foreground are hideous. Bay Street needs so much work.
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Old October 23rd, 2012, 07:48 AM   #204
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This stretch of Yonge looks third-world. No lamp posts (no lighting whatsoever), no landscaping (trees, where's the trees), derelict buildings and so much more. Those who fight to keep Yonge's "character" have warped minds. Here's hoping all the future condo developments liven up this strip. FIVE condos is a great start.
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Old November 7th, 2012, 03:20 AM   #213
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This stretch of Yonge looks third-world. No lamp posts (no lighting whatsoever), no landscaping (trees, where's the trees), derelict buildings and so much more. Those who fight to keep Yonge's "character" have warped minds. Here's hoping all the future condo developments liven up this strip. FIVE condos is a great start.
Agree. I was absolutely floored to find out that a segment of Torontonians actually like what it looks like. They can't re-develop it fast enough, imo. It's shockingly bad for the main street of Canada's biggest city. Another 20-30 big projects and Yonge Street will start coming together.
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Old November 8th, 2012, 03:41 AM   #214
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Agree. I was absolutely floored to find out that a segment of Torontonians actually like what it looks like. They can't re-develop it fast enough, imo. It's shockingly bad for the main street of Canada's biggest city. Another 20-30 big projects and Yonge Street will start coming together.
With all the new developments, will come more expensive rent - which, in my opinion, is not a bad thing since it will bring in more quality retail. I can do without the cash stores, the dollar stores, just the general grimey looking stores... their time is over.

Infact, call me the minority, but I would love to see a few chain restaurants set up shop on Yonge (say a Bier Market or it something along the lines of Amsterdam Brewery).

1 lane North and 1 lane South. Extend the sidewalks, landscaping, lighting and allow restaurants to open up their patios, much like you see on the Esplanade. To me, the Bed Bath and Beyond in Aura, along with Marshalls and the restaurant is a great start to really give Yonge St. a kick start. I am excited to see how the retail component of FIVE ends up looking as well.
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With all the new developments, will come more expensive rent - which, in my opinion, is not a bad thing since it will bring in more quality retail. I can do without the cash stores, the dollar stores, just the general grimey looking stores... their time is over.

Infact, call me the minority, but I would love to see a few chain restaurants set up shop on Yonge (say a Bier Market or it something along the lines of Amsterdam Brewery).

1 lane North and 1 lane South. Extend the sidewalks, landscaping, lighting and allow restaurants to open up their patios, much like you see on the Esplanade. To me, the Bed Bath and Beyond in Aura, along with Marshalls and the restaurant is a great start to really give Yonge St. a kick start. I am excited to see how the retail component of FIVE ends up looking as well.

One-way streets are always confusing for drivers who are not from said city. Took me a while to adapt to the ones in Atlanta and Charlotte.

EDIT: Looks like Yonge isn't one-way judging by those pictures, good to see!
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I think he means 2 way, but 1 lane in each direction. It's currently 2 lanes in each direction.
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With all the new developments, will come more expensive rent - which, in my opinion, is not a bad thing since it will bring in more quality retail.
The low brow stuff add an element of quirkiness, so I'm hoping the more mainstream retail to come manages to keep Yonge interesting and unique. It's probably not a realistic expectation, but Yonge can't stay the way it is.
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I'll be very sad if the rents become so high on Yonge Street that all the quirky traditional shops get pushed out for yet more ubiquitous Zara's, GAP's, and Forever 21's that look the same all over the world. I'll also be sad if we lose all the Victorian and Edwardian buildings because they are not generically modern enough to suit the tastes of today's masses. They need upgrading, not bulldozing, and make a wonderful contrast to enhance the new towers going up.
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Chain stores and mainstream retail won't help the vibrancy of Yonge St., I feel it would have the opposite effect. No one comes downtown to shop at the same stores that can be found in the suburbs, in any mall. Why bother to make a trip all the way to Yonge south of Bloor, if the same shop can be reached easier at Yorkdale, Scarborough Town Centre or Fairview malls?

The problem with the area is that the building owners don't maintain them very well, poor repairs, badly painted brick, etc. If the old buildings were properly restored, the street would be much improved. Unfortunately the city has very few means of forcing the owners to restore their buildings.
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