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Old May 24th, 2005, 11:50 PM   #21
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...and I think they should have stairs going down a level at the podiums, with some clubs or something underneath. Hillbrow, Johannesburg was rocking in the 1970's... a huge downtown residential community of towers, Hillbrow had record stores, cafes and clubs, right at the bottom of apartment buildings... it was a 24-hour neighbourhood... so succesful. I wish CityPlace could be like that... clubs are what it needs
Yeah, I agree that the bases of each Cityplace tower needs some kind of good retail. Especially the ones on the west side of Spadina, because if it doesn't then it will be nothing more that a suburban tower-in-a-park. They need cafes, restaurants, clothing stores, anything that is better than dry-cleaners and rabba fine foods. Cityplace definately needs more street life.
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Old May 24th, 2005, 11:57 PM   #22
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From some of the other pics/close ups of the 1 level podiums, I don't know if its just me but the street level units look very small. Looks like they can only fit a convience store, or a drycleaner. Because cityplace will encompass a lot of buildings/space, would have been nice if they promoted actual retail chain stores (I hate saying that).
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Old May 26th, 2005, 04:32 AM   #23
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I don't think the driving range was even open anymore last year but it's gone now (Thank god, it was such a waste of urban space). They've already started bulldozing the land for future developments.
Thanks! Yeah I was there last summer, I just saw it and was surprised to see something like that downtown. I stayed at the Renaissance SkyDome (Rogers Center I guess now), saw a Jays game and just had a fantastic time there! Was only there for a weekend though, so I did the cheap tourist double-decker bus and a boat tour, CN Tower of course, but I was sooo impressed. You guys really have a phenomenal city up there. It was fun to see the tiny differences between Canada and America.
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Old May 26th, 2005, 07:00 PM   #24
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the golf course was always temporary until cityplace was ready to build on-top of it. It was just a way to generate some revenue for a few years until they had built the other towers
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Old May 27th, 2005, 04:19 AM   #25
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the golf course was always temporary until cityplace was ready to build on-top of it. It was just a way to generate some revenue for a few years until they had built the other towers
I think CityPlace was smart placing a golf course there. Make some money and bring in some people on what would have been empty land. Plus when I hit up their driving range at night it had an amazing view of the skyline.
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Old May 27th, 2005, 08:47 PM   #26
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Office workers cooped up all day in their offices wouldn't have minded driving only 5 minutes to hit a few golf balls, would they have? I thought it was a splendid idea.
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Old May 27th, 2005, 08:58 PM   #27
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Even along Queens Quay West there is a shocking amount of empty retail space from Bathurst eastward to York. Cityplace needs to attract more than just c-stores...but what? Roch5220's chain stores idea is a good one.
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Old May 28th, 2005, 01:00 AM   #28
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too much glass for a residential building. Residentials should not have much glass.
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Old May 28th, 2005, 01:27 AM   #29
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funny that most foreigns dont like very much the condo towers from Brasil. I posted the pics of these buildings in this thread on the brazilian site and everyone hated them. It seems its all a question of taste, as always.
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Old May 28th, 2005, 01:31 AM   #30
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I agree, individually these buildings are not spectacular, but I believe as a group cluster.. they look terrific.This development will contribute immensely to the skyline. This development is not even half finished yet with the tallest yet to be built.
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Old May 28th, 2005, 01:38 AM   #31
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in the end, people live in the apartment, not in the whole building and even less in the skyline. And brazilians dotn like the fact that all the external walls of the apartment are glass...
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Old May 28th, 2005, 01:43 AM   #32
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Lets be reasonable, SP!RE with clubs at the bases of condominiums - would you want to live above a club (unfortunately, most condominium retail spaces are not designed for restaurant use)
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Old May 28th, 2005, 02:35 AM   #33
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Beautiful!
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Old May 28th, 2005, 04:10 AM   #34
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The Gallery (the smallest Cityplace building, really cool) is done, except for the inside. Occupation is in August I believe, although even earlier would make sense.
No, "The Gallery" is not completed. The Gallery will be directly across from the building you are thinking of, which is the 8 story building attached to HVE I.
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Old May 28th, 2005, 04:57 AM   #35
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A lot of glass huh?

All the walls are made of glass...I wouldnt live in these buildings...but they are beautiful, as commercial towers..
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Old May 28th, 2005, 07:22 AM   #36
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Toronto and Vancouver always look so perfect. Canada as a nation in general is the closest example of Utopia you can find on the planet.
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Old May 28th, 2005, 06:17 PM   #37
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Toronto and Vancouver always look so perfect. Canada as a nation in general is the closest example of Utopia you can find on the planet.
What, no love for Montreal, it's twice the size of vancouver and one of the largest french speaking cities in the world.

Visit this tread to see the city at street level
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=215511
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Old May 28th, 2005, 08:31 PM   #38
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I believe it is the 2nd largest french speaking city in the world.
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Old May 29th, 2005, 01:11 AM   #39
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Montreal is the largest French speaking city outside of Paris.

And no city in the world is perfect, they all have their rough spots.
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Old May 31st, 2005, 01:38 AM   #40
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So how is this development going you ask?

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