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Old April 14th, 2015, 11:00 PM   #1421
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Even Torontonians seem gobsmacked at the growth taking place. The city has been expanding quickly for decades but it really hit a tipping point around 2005. Development has been frenetic for 10 years straight and it's becoming evident that we're experiencing one of those once in a century booms that transforms a place into something entirely different.

People keep waiting for the dust to settle but the construction shows no signs of letting up. Exciting times for sure.
the good thing is that the suburbs are nice, and the city is getting a lot densier in the core and in the suburban centres. (but I find Missisauga ugly as hell)

Still a lot to build before having a city centre comparable to Chicago but it's getting closer.

Sad note: public transportation
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Old April 15th, 2015, 12:35 AM   #1422
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Surprising to many today but back in the 80s Toronto was often cited as a city with one of the best public transportation systems in north America. Decades of neglect and little investment have put us in a terrible position. Toronto's population has doubled to 6 million since then and we're in panic mode trying to expand the system to meet the new demands placed upon it.

The Golden Horseshoe (home to 9.2 million people) is spending massively on transit with $29 billion pegged over the next few years to bring the system up to where it should be. Despite the big investments we're chasing a moving target so the transit woes will be with us for many years to come.

Mississauga represents one of the last great gasps of the Canadian auto era. Lets not forget that southern Ontario - Michigan is where the NA auto industry is centred. I'm not sure what can be done there but they're trying to build a proper downtown in and around Square One, a giant mall in the city centre. They'll need some creative solutions and time will tell if they'll be successful.

Side note: The KPMB - West 8 - Greenberg design was chosen for the Jack Layton ferry terminal and park. The announcement was made over the weekend.
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Old April 15th, 2015, 12:42 AM   #1423
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Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park
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Really nice. They need to improve the water front as much as they can.
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Old April 16th, 2015, 05:44 PM   #1424
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Surprising to many today but back in the 80s Toronto was often cited as a city with one of the best public transportation systems in north America. Decades of neglect and little investment have put us in a terrible position. Toronto's population has doubled to 6 million since then and we're in panic mode trying to expand the system to meet the new demands placed upon it.

The Golden Horseshoe (home to 9.2 million people) is spending massively on transit with $29 billion pegged over the next few years to bring the system up to where it should be. Despite the big investments we're chasing a moving target so the transit woes will be with us for many years to come.

Mississauga represents one of the last great gasps of the Canadian auto era. Lets not forget that southern Ontario - Michigan is where the NA auto industry is centred. I'm not sure what can be done there but they're trying to build a proper downtown in and around Square One, a giant mall in the city centre. They'll need some creative solutions and time will tell if they'll be successful.

Side note: The KPMB - West 8 - Greenberg design was chosen for the Jack Layton ferry terminal and park. The announcement was made over the weekend.
I work in Mississauga near Square One. Last year two of my officemates sold their condos that are only a few minutes walk away from the office and moved to Liberty Village. That's how they disliked the place.
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Old April 16th, 2015, 06:09 PM   #1425
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I don't blame them. Liberty Village, despite a few flaws, is vibrant with people on the sidewalk. Missisauga's downtown is effectively a mall surrounded by its parking lot. Needless to say its completely devoid of people. You have to go inside a building (the mall) to realize that there are people about.

There are a lot of jobs in Mississauga. They've long had more people coming into it for work than leaving it for work. If they don't turn things around I can't see that continuing because they're going to have a tough time attracting/keeping staff. Your office mates are indicative of a larger problem.
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Old April 17th, 2015, 08:59 PM   #1426
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Old April 19th, 2015, 01:35 AM   #1427
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Old April 19th, 2015, 02:05 AM   #1428
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They're finishing up two condo towers next to a wonderully rejuvinated pedestrianized old brewery, I'll get photos up soon.
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Old April 20th, 2015, 08:22 PM   #1429
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Bay Adelaide Centre East and North
U/C, Proposed | 44 st, 32 st | 192 m, 120 m | Financial District

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Old April 21st, 2015, 06:19 AM   #1430
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Let's not forget office construction as well. A lot of jobs are either moving back to the core or new ones are being created. in the 90s there was a massive exodus of business to the suburbs but now it's reversing. Substandard transit is the biggest issue facing this city and the region as a whole.
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Old April 21st, 2015, 07:47 AM   #1431
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Office buildings often tend to look much nicer than residentials, so I hope more are built, and not just blue flat glass boxes. Toronto could use a nice industrial-style skyscraper a-la-Richard Rogers.
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Old April 21st, 2015, 09:53 AM   #1432
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We haven't had one nice looking office tower built here in ages. The quality is there but every one that's gone up in the last 10 years has been quite forgettable: RBC Dexia, Telus, PWC, Bay-Adelaide, RBC, Bay-Adelaide II, etc.

Residential towers seem to get better each passing year while office design seems to have hit rock bottom. I'm hoping that 100 Adelaide West is a sign that we'll start seeing some effort put into office designs.
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Old April 22nd, 2015, 04:57 PM   #1433
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Location: 9 GRENVILLE ST
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Ward 27: Toronto Centre-Rosedale

Application#: 10 201658 ZPR 00 ZR Accepted Date: Jun 21, 2010

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Description: PUBLIC - PRELIMINARY PROJECT REVIEW, Due Date is 20-JUL-10, >>Proposal to relocate existing heritage house and construct new mixed use building containing office, retail and residential units - 46 stories above grade - 5 levels below grade parking - Parking space - 143 residential parking spaces - 356 residential dwelling units - floors 1-3 office / retail use.

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Old April 23rd, 2015, 07:22 PM   #1434
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Mirvish + Gehry Toronto (Theatre Row)
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Mirvish-Gehry and The One will be game changers for Toronto. We haven't had anything of that calibre built since Scotia Plaza (1988) or TD Centre (1960s/1970s). They might even be better.
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Old April 24th, 2015, 04:32 AM   #1437
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Mirvish-Gehry and The One will be game changers for Toronto. We haven't had anything of that calibre built since Scotia Plaza (1988) or TD Centre (1960s/1970s). They might even be better.
Agreed. It's a totally different league. They can't come fast enough.
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Crazy how Toronto hasn't built an iconic skyscraper for over 25 years. Can't wait to watch Gehry rise.
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Crazy how Toronto hasn't built an iconic skyscraper for over 25 years. Can't wait to watch Gehry rise.
If anything we've been patient. 1991-2005 saw next to nothing built. 2005-2015 has been a skyscraper enthusiast's wet dream but we're still waiting for that true iconic building 10 years in. We really should have seen 2-3 such buildings so far.
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