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Old November 9th, 2012, 02:14 AM   #221
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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.
I agree, but I'm not sure if its avoidable. Some of those quirky stores will survive due to the sheer volume of foot traffic on Yonge, but they'll need to be more refined in what they sell. Most of them always seem empty of customers. I don't want the whole strip full of nothing, but chains either. As Toronto grows/changes maybe more independent boutiques will open up. That's the only hope, imo.

The Vics/Georgians? I won't go there.
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Old November 9th, 2012, 04:14 AM   #222
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I am definitely not advocating bulldozing - but rather restoring, much like what is happening with FIVE. The developers are the ones with deep pockets that can restore many of the buildings on Yonge to their former glory. The sad fact is, the owners of these buildings either A) don't have the money to restore them or B) just don't care to (I'm thinking the latter).

Don't get me wrong, there are stores on Yonge St. that have that charm and are unique. I don't want to lose those stores. As I mentioned, I can do without seeing a block with 3 cash stores on such a prominent street. What I would be aiming at is more of a Queen West/East, King West type of feel. Bars, restaurants, cafes, boutique shops. I know there is a fear of Yonge St. becoming Bay St. and that is not what I am hoping for at all.

Just a quick question, is there any reason why there are no lamp posts at all north of Alexander St.?
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Old November 9th, 2012, 04:32 AM   #223
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Yonge is quite barren in general, but I'm assuming there's no space on an already crowded narrow sidewalk.
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Old November 9th, 2012, 07:11 AM   #224
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Here was Aura, on Yonge Street, today:

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Old November 10th, 2012, 02:12 AM   #225
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Just a quick question, is there any reason why there are no lamp posts at all north of Alexander St.?
There is street lighting on Yonge St. in this area, lights are attached to the buildings rather than on poles. Look at the second storey of the buildings and you can see square lighting boxes (they used to be circular opaque domes but have been replaced). I assume this was done to allow for more space on the narrow sidewalks. I have never found Yonge south of Bloor to be lacking in lighting.
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Old November 13th, 2012, 03:08 AM   #226
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Old November 25th, 2012, 08:17 PM   #227
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We have our first shots of the balcony glass courtesy of heytopher at UT.

These are the test panels for the balcony glass.



heytopher had this to say about which test panel was chosen - "The mock up on the far right was their original plan, however once installed the white dot design was deemed visually weak and failed to disguise the concrete base. The white striped panels on the left were then created and approved."


Aura is at 46 stories. Only 32 stories to go and mechanical. Photo courtesy of the L-Tower crane operator Skyjacked. Looking North towards Yonge St.
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Old November 27th, 2012, 03:31 PM   #228
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That view is going to be dynamite once One Bloor, Five, Karma, 460, 501, and Massey Tower go up.
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Old November 27th, 2012, 05:02 PM   #229
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wow! Nr.3 in northern America! maybe when the boom continues it will surpass chitown in a few years.
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Old November 28th, 2012, 03:28 PM   #230
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In 2-3 years when the current crop of buildings top out, the gap will have closed considerably. That said, members have been told to steer clear of data comparisons to Chicago. People seem to get riled up every time they're presented with the numbers. Lets just say Toronto will be up to roughly 330-350 buildings 100m or taller by then.
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Old December 31st, 2012, 10:56 PM   #231
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Old January 14th, 2013, 02:58 AM   #233
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the curve is starting to show in that first picture!!
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Old January 14th, 2013, 03:27 AM   #234
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Already looking great on the skyline, it will be awesome once completed!
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Old January 19th, 2013, 06:02 PM   #235
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Old January 19th, 2013, 07:12 PM   #236
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nice building.....
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Old January 20th, 2013, 02:15 AM   #237
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Now the floor area is smaller.
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Old January 28th, 2013, 01:07 AM   #238
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It took me some time to figure out why you posted that photo, and finally I noticed Aura in the far distance.
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