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Old March 15th, 2012, 11:43 AM   #1341
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Is it true that palms aren't native to southern California and they've all been planted?
No. The "classic" southern Ca palm is the Washingtonia robusta or Mexican fan palm which is native to the nearby regions of Sonora and Baja California. However, the related Washingtonia fillifera or California fan palm is native to southern CA deserts.

A native grove of California fan palm near Palm Springs:


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Old March 15th, 2012, 11:47 AM   #1342
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Even though SF certainly would not suffer from having a supertall, I actually think that their current skyline is extremely well composed and balanced as it is.
The SF Planning Department doesn't agree. In their opinion they would like to see a 3-humped skyline as viewed from the Bay near the Bay Bridge with the central hump being the tallest and composed of the 1000 ft Transbay Tower and a couple of nearby towers almost as tall. The left hump would be a cluster of condo towers on Rincon Hill including the existing One Rincon Hill, and the right hump would be the TransAmerica, Bank of America and nearby towers, all currently existing.
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Old March 15th, 2012, 03:56 PM   #1343
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Old March 19th, 2012, 03:01 AM   #1345
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Old March 19th, 2012, 03:52 AM   #1346
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For all the construction in TO, I'm seeing all kinds of room for more!
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Old March 19th, 2012, 04:40 AM   #1347
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Transbay Tower which will be 1,070 ft. (trimmed down from 1,200 ft)


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It's only delayed. With a tightening office market in SF, Transbay Tower should begin construction by 2014. The massive Transbay Center below is already under construction.
It might actually start construction next year...

There will also be many other buildings that go along with it further down the road.
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Old March 19th, 2012, 04:46 AM   #1348
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NY is the clear winner by far. It's core is unbelievably dense and just plain awe inspiring. There is no other city in NA that even comes close to the breadth of architecture and sheer enormity of NY.

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Old March 19th, 2012, 08:35 AM   #1349
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For all the construction in TO, I'm seeing all kinds of room for more!
You are right but that picture is kinda misleading. That area in roughly the middle is actually a park whereas that green patch of land at the bottom left hand corner is the historic Fort York.
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Old March 19th, 2012, 07:01 PM   #1350
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You are right but that picture is kinda misleading. That area in roughly the middle is actually a park whereas that green patch of land at the bottom left hand corner is the historic Fort York.
True, but Toronto's core could double in size before it starts looking filled out. It's dense, but we've only just started to build skyscrapers between the CBD and Yorkville while East Bayfront and the waterfront won't be complete for another 5 years.
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Old March 20th, 2012, 02:53 AM   #1351
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Totally random question, but is there any sort of plan to do something with that highway that sort of cuts Toronto off from its waterfront? Unfortunately I've never been to Toronto, but closer to the CBD, sort of where the LTower is being built there's that unfortunate looking rail yard looking area, any plans with that too? Thanks, sorry for taking this off topic, always wondered about that though.
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Old March 20th, 2012, 04:39 AM   #1352
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Torontonians have been debating what to do with the Gardiner (highway) and the rail lines for a very long time. We've resigned ourselves to the fact that we are stuck with both the way they are and trying to turn a perceived negative into something workable and positive.

They both cut the city off from the lake, but new developments built right up against each are helping stitch the city back together while better north-south connections are making a huge difference. Regarding Union Station, it's undergoing a massive renovation and expansion. The rail shed is being torn down and replaced by an airy glass canopy with a green roof.

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Old March 21st, 2012, 01:21 AM   #1354
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Old March 21st, 2012, 12:36 PM   #1355
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Old March 21st, 2012, 03:15 PM   #1356
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Thanks for the answer. Always wondered if they would still be there, or in their current forms in another 15-20 years.
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Old March 21st, 2012, 03:50 PM   #1357
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Is it true that palms aren't native to southern California and they've all been planted?
Absolutely not, I am from San Diego, born and raised. And San Diego is a city full of canyons, if you've been there I'm sure you've noticed. Canyons are basically the one untouched pieces of land there, and at the bottom of the canyons there are streams where water is abundant, the only place where water is abundant in San Diego haha. Anyway, those streams at the bottom of canyons are typically filled with native natural palms.
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Old March 21st, 2012, 06:10 PM   #1358
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Old March 21st, 2012, 06:33 PM   #1359
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agreed, pittsburgh is like a smaller, landlocked Seattle
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Old March 21st, 2012, 07:13 PM   #1360
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Wow, that photo of San Fran on the previous page!
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