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Old October 26th, 2011, 07:12 PM   #701
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Old October 26th, 2011, 07:12 PM   #702
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Hume: Waterfront casino may not be such a long shot
Published On Sun Oct 23 2011
Toronto Star
Christopher Hume

Don’t put any money on it just yet, but if the rumour mill is right, Toronto may be soon get its first casino.

Even without knowing all the details, this is something Mayor Rob Ford and Brother Doug could get behind in a big way. Okay, so the Ferris wheel might not be part of the final package, but there’s always room for a monorail or two, let alone a mega-mall.

Word is that the casino would go somewhere at Ontario Place, that no-longer-very-interesting attraction-on-the-lake. The province, which owns the venue, has made no secret of its desire for “revitalization,” whatever that means. Last year, it launched requests for ideas and proposals. So far, the results have not been made public. There has also been talk about merging Ontario Place with Exhibition Place.

Certainly, the casino concept has been around for awhile; some would say, forever. Most recently, Councillor Giorgio Mammolitti proposed a floating casino for Toronto harbour during his mayoral campaign last year. (Of course, this is the same man who suggested turning the Toronto Islands into a red light district.)

In an attempt to spread the wealth, Queen’s Park has always resisted pressure to put a casino in the province’s biggest city. But times have changed and things are tough.

With Ford in control, the only item on the civic agenda that matters is money; how to raise more and spend less. That means casinos are newly attractive. Despite the growing social costs of state-run mass gambling, the lure of easy money draws governments as much as it does the punters.

Reduced to minority status and facing a growing deficit, Premier Dalton McGuinty might find resistance increasingly futile.

Ontario Place itself, a heroic if not entirely successful relic of Expo 67-inspired utopianism, has seen better days. Not only does it speak of a Brave New World that never arrived, it’s at odds with contemporary urban values that view the waterfront as an extension of the city, not a place set apart.

Except for the nobility of its intentions, and the integrity of its architecture, however misguided, Ontario Place seems as retro now as did the contents of Doug Ford’s recent waterfront fantasies.

Casinos, which attract throngs and employ thousands, have become industrial scale complexes that exist oblivious of time and place. Consciously designed to keep external reality as far away as possible, they are vast manipulated landscapes in which expectations must inevitably be dashed, but where you always get another chance.

How ironic it would be if Ontario Place, with all its optimism and family friendliness, were to become that most cynical of operations, a casino. Given our circumstances, perhaps that’s an appropriate fate.

At the same time, we shouldn’t lose sight of where Toronto’s waterfront is headed; just this month the Royal Bank of Canada announced it will move its national headquarters, and 10,000 workers, to an office tower on Queen’s Quay just east of York St.

Though there are concerns about what sort of building RBC will construct, the fact that it has decided to do so would have been inconceivable less than a decade ago. Such a profound change in attitude should not be taken for granted.

With their huge parking requirements and factory-like characteristics – substitute slot machines for assembly lines – casinos rarely represent the highest and best use of urban land. Still, they raise hopes of cash and further development—restaurants, bars, hotels and the like.

But even a casino is a gamble.
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Old October 27th, 2011, 01:12 AM   #703
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Old October 27th, 2011, 01:54 AM   #704
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On a per square foot of land basis, the suburban house is definitely far cheaper. On an absolute basis the two numbers may be the space but you get far more space with a house.

There's still plenty of space in 905 land beyond Toronto's boundaries (what's the new area code overlaying 905 again?) to develop.

though there is lots of land around Toronto, it is the most fertile farm land in the country. in an effort to curve suburban sprawl, the government created something called the "Greenbelt" this is a space about 100 km wide that surrounds Toronto, where suburban developments are not allowed. the land between the current suburban boundaries and the greenbelt is currently quite small, only enough to last to 2030 if construction rates slow way down. the only way to counteract this is to build up. this, along with a renewed interest in living in an urban environment, and wanting small commute times, which the outer suburbs can't provide, has allowed the housing market in Toronto to switch from a largely suburban market to a condo market. only 20% of new home sales in 2000 were condos, now it is 60%.
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Old October 27th, 2011, 02:08 AM   #705
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In Israel,we have a common criticism on condos in highrise - that people in Israel don't know how to manage a quiet and tolerant life in a highrise,and this is make a neighbors fights.
Do people in toronto have a housing culture which they get along with neighbors in highrises ?
I think the main thing with high rises downtown is that it's occupied by young people so they are out at work or out enjoying the city life instead of being home and that most of these people tend not to have kids. Growing up as a kid in an apartment myself I don't remember lots of noise from the neighbours at all, you stand a better chance hearing loud people outside your window.
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Old October 27th, 2011, 05:07 AM   #706
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building codes are probably better here than in Israel as well, meaning more soundproofing between units.
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Old October 27th, 2011, 11:40 PM   #707
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Old October 27th, 2011, 11:41 PM   #708
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324-332 Richmond St West By Core Architects.


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Old October 28th, 2011, 12:22 AM   #709
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whats that building beside that in the model? looks interesting.
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Old October 28th, 2011, 01:36 AM   #710
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That would be the Picasso on Richmond condo. The one across the street is "Tableau".
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Old October 28th, 2011, 01:37 AM   #711
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90 HARBOUR ST

Ward 28 - Tor & E.York OPA / Rezoning 11 295626 STE 28 OZ Oct 19, 2011 Oct 19, 2011

PROPERTY KNOWN AS BOTH 90 Harbour and 1 York St., PROPERTY KNOWN AS BOTH 90 Harbour Street and 1 York Street, Official Plan Amendment and Rezoning application for new mixed use development - proposing 3 buildings (1 office building and 2 residential towers) with a common podium ranging from 4 to 9 stories. Office building - 31 stories (150 metres); Two residential buildings of 70 stories (239.5m) each with a total of 1426 dwelling units for both buildings. Shared parking with office and residential tower - 4 levels below grade - 791 parking spaces - (residential parkings spaces 411 - Commercial spaces - 380). 1300 bicycle parking spaces.
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Old October 29th, 2011, 04:37 PM   #712
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This looks great, very classic Wallman. Decent retail podium, looks great compared to the other lame condos on the strip. Will easily be the NYCC's best looking condo building, along with Dia. Also another critical step in the urban evolution of this strip.

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Old October 29th, 2011, 06:51 PM   #713
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It's hard to judge how it will turn out. In that render it seems chunky.
The podium also looks uninspired but quality materials could make it stand out.

I think I still prefer Hullmark.
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Old October 30th, 2011, 05:28 PM   #714
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Ivory on Adelaide (406 Adelaide Street East), 19 storeys, Hariri Pontarini Architects

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Old October 30th, 2011, 05:46 PM   #715
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Old October 31st, 2011, 08:58 AM   #716
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Wow! It's so good all the project's!
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Old October 31st, 2011, 03:59 PM   #717
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1ThousandBay (1000 Bay Street), 32 Storeys by Cresford Developments and architectsAlliance


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Old November 2nd, 2011, 06:49 AM   #718
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Ryerson's Student Centre very likely to start construction in December.



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Public meeting tomorrow for Ryerson University’s Student Learning Centre development plan

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Ryerson ready to roll: Construction of the new Ryerson University Student Learning Centre could begin within weeks if the development plan gets approval, as is widely expected, during two key meetings at Toronto City Hall this month.
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City planners have recommended approval for the municipal zoning bylaw amendments that would be required to permit the project to proceed. In an October 12 2011 staff report, they wrote that the new Student Learning Centre will provide “a unique architectural contribution to Yonge Street, and a gateway to Ryerson University, increasing its presence and visibility on Yonge Street. It will revitalize a section of Yonge Street currently the site of a vacant lot, provide necessary student space to a growing student population, add minimal new shadow to Yonge Street and provide retail space in accordance with Official Plan Policies.”
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The university has already applied for shoring and excavation permits, and expects them to be approved in December. Construction could then quickly commence on the 9-storey, 155,464 square foot building, which will rise on the northeast corner of Yonge and Gould Streets (the official municipal address is 341-355 Yonge Street). The university hopes will be completed and ready for occupancy during the winter of 2014. Designed by Toronto’s Zeidler Partnership Architects and Snøhetta of Oslo and New York City, the facility will cost an estimated $112 million. The Ontario government is providing $45 million, while the university is kicking in another $45 million itself. Fundraising will seek to top up the $22 million balance.
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On a per square foot of land basis, the suburban house is definitely far cheaper. On an absolute basis the two numbers may be the space but you get far more space with a house.

There's still plenty of space in 905 land beyond Toronto's boundaries (what's the new area code overlaying 905 again?) to develop.
On a per square foot basis you're correct, but if you only have $250,000-$350,000 to spend, that means a condo. You can't buy a house for that.

If there's plenty of space in 905 to develop, why are developers/urban planners/media all saying the opposite? Toronto's days of ever growing sprawl are over.
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