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Old June 24th, 2014, 05:27 AM   #3761
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I can't help but feel that all of the high-rise development in Toronto has made its CBD less dramatic
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Old June 24th, 2014, 06:30 AM   #3762
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It has, but that was inevitable as the core started to fill in. Rather than one big cluster it's evolving into a sea of high rises 4.5 km long, similar to what one sees in Chicago or Midtown Manhattan. I've been looking over each and they appear to have roughly the same footprint.
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Old June 24th, 2014, 06:52 AM   #3763
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I think Calgary could sneak into the north American top 10 in the next few years.... if it's not there already. I have it around 12th or 13th right now.

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Old June 24th, 2014, 06:54 AM   #3764
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I can't help but feel that all of the high-rise development in Toronto has made its CBD less dramatic
You mean you wouldn't want a bigger skyline because it makes the CBD look less dramatic?
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Old June 24th, 2014, 07:04 AM   #3765
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Here's another one just outside my north American top 10.

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Old June 24th, 2014, 07:10 AM   #3766
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You mean you wouldn't want a bigger skyline because it makes the CBD look less dramatic?
Some people prefer a certain aesthetic like a dominant peak rather than a sea of high rises. Personally, I'd take the latter but do appreciate that something has been lost in all the growth. The old CBD is superb, but is increasingly hidden by buildings that don't quite match it in quality or beauty.

Overall the skyline is more impressive today and the quality of buildings going up in Toronto is on a dramatic uptick. Concerns I had are largely being negated. One Bloor is a promising sign of the direction the city is heading. It's going to be a stunner.
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Old June 24th, 2014, 07:12 AM   #3767
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Old June 24th, 2014, 07:29 AM   #3768
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Old June 24th, 2014, 07:34 AM   #3769
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Old June 24th, 2014, 08:14 AM   #3770
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Old June 24th, 2014, 08:35 AM   #3771
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Old June 24th, 2014, 09:51 PM   #3772
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Old June 24th, 2014, 11:17 PM   #3773
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I can't help but feel that all of the high-rise development in Toronto has made its CBD less dramatic
It might make the CBD less traumatic, but I'm getting that Chicago-esque vibe in a lot of Toronto shots just like Labtec.

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Old June 25th, 2014, 12:12 AM   #3774
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I think Calgary could sneak into the north American top 10 in the next few years.... if it's not there already. I have it around 12th or 13th right now.

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Those mountains, what an amazing backdrop! Had no idea Calgary had anything like that. Always assumed it was flat plains.

Edit: Although on second thought, they do seem pretty far off. Either way, nice density downtown for a city that doesn't seem to have any geographical constraints.
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Old June 25th, 2014, 12:35 AM   #3775
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I can't help but feel that all of the high-rise development in Toronto has made its CBD less dramatic
I see what you are saying. The new cluster north of the CDB has somewhat lessen the visual impact of the main core. As can be see on this pictures, the Young St corridor is forming a cluster that will inevitably overtake the main CDB. It doesn't even look like Toronto since the main - and most recognizable - cluster is out of the picture frame.

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Old June 25th, 2014, 01:46 AM   #3776
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You mean you wouldn't want a bigger skyline because it makes the CBD look less dramatic?
Yes. The way I see it, less is often more. Prime example being my favorite skyline ever. It was truley a work of art and far superior in my opinion to the Lower Manhattan of today despite dramatic growth.


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Some people prefer a certain aesthetic like a dominant peak rather than a sea of high rises. Personally, I'd take the latter but do appreciate that something has been lost in all the growth. The old CBD is superb, but is increasingly hidden by buildings that don't quite match it in quality or beauty.

Overall the skyline is more impressive today and the quality of buildings going up in Toronto is on a dramatic uptick. Concerns I had are largely being negated. One Bloor is a promising sign of the direction the city is heading. It's going to be a stunner.
Exactly. Some people love a sea of high-rises and some like a more organized structure. I tend not to like seas of skyscrapers because it typically means the sea is composed of bland and forgettable architecture. Some cities can get away with it like New York and Chicago because the majority of their towers are not boring or ugly, but other cities like Toronto and Miami I fear are transitioning into the Shanghai category where its a sea of towers that makes the overall effect of the CBD, where the most attractive towers are located, less dramatic and therefore less attractive. Just my opinion though.
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What's the high-rise cluster in the far upper left -- a suburb, or is it Hamilton?
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Old June 25th, 2014, 06:28 AM   #3779
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That's Humber Bay in Etobicoke, a Toronto suburb. Beyond Etobicoke is Mississauga, then Oakville, then Burlington, and then Hamilton. Hamilton is roughly 60km from Toronto.

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Those mountains, what an amazing backdrop! Had no idea Calgary had anything like that. Always assumed it was flat plains.
It's only 50km to the Rocky Mountains and entrance to Banff National Park:

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Old June 25th, 2014, 06:35 AM   #3780
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What's the high-rise cluster in the far upper left -- a suburb, or is it Hamilton?
That cluster is in Etobicoke; formerly a separate city but part of the City of Toronto for over a decade now. Hamilton would not be visible in the shot as it is too far away and left of the frame anyways. What would be visible on a clear day is the skyline of Mississauga. It should be in the landmass above the Etobicoke cluster.
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