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Old May 8th, 2008, 06:33 AM   #21
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official groundbreaking took place on April 8th...here's a shot from April, by marcus aj at urbantoronto..

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Old May 8th, 2008, 06:36 AM   #22
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Is the excavation of those historic "artifacts" complete? Judging by the pic with the heavy machinery, this seems to be the case. It looks like there's still lots of debris that needs to cleared.
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Old May 8th, 2008, 06:56 AM   #23
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I believe the 'historic' artifacts have been removed...

here's a pic by svoisen at flickr, which shows the Shangri-la site, among others in downtown Toronto...you can see the equipment shown in the previous picture, on the empty lot upper right, near the Hilton hotel (white building)..

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Old May 29th, 2008, 12:52 AM   #24
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New image just came out. To think Toronto is getting 7 towers this size or taller in the next 3 years.

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That southern stretch of University Avenue is certainly looking quite spectacular.

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Old May 29th, 2008, 12:57 AM   #25
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It's not a new render, it's a "sketch-up" from a UT forumer.

But your point is taken... as if the rest of the world cares... Toronto is getting much taller and it's not rumours, it's construction.
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Old May 29th, 2008, 01:04 AM   #26
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looks like a render to me...i refuse to believe it was done by hand.
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Old May 29th, 2008, 01:12 AM   #27
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I think he means the software called SketchUp. Here's a link. It can be quite a lot of fun:
http://sketchup.google.com/

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It's not a new render, it's a "sketch-up" from a UT forumer.

But your point is taken... as if the rest of the world cares... Toronto is getting much taller and it's not rumours, it's construction.
I'll fix it. People with an interest in urbanism, architecture, etc. will care. Even someone simply interested in the world at large would have a degree of curiosity.

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Old September 4th, 2008, 02:54 AM   #28
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update, excavation has finally started to really happen, initial delays were for the 'historical' artifacts and building onsite, and then reportedly delays in approval with the local subway authority (the "TTC"), which has a track running underneath very close by....pic by CGM at UT...

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Old September 4th, 2008, 05:42 AM   #29
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yyzer - thanks for all the photos - so nice to see progress on all fronts in Toronto!!!!

Congratulations! Sydney is rather stagnant by comparison
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Old September 4th, 2008, 09:56 AM   #30
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Nice tower. Very Torontian; kinda safe design
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Old November 6th, 2008, 05:26 AM   #31
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big hole now the Shangri-la site....pic by Solaris at urbantoronto.ca....

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Old November 6th, 2008, 09:37 AM   #32
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not bad...i tot dis is a project in china....
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Old March 8th, 2009, 06:19 AM   #33
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Excavation is nearly complete for this one, they dug 8 storeys down (into bedrock), the base has been poured for the crane, and it is expected to be installed this coming week......
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Old March 8th, 2009, 11:38 PM   #34
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Nice project, it deserves more attention here.
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Old March 12th, 2009, 02:47 AM   #35
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Nice tower. It really helps west downtown. Nice design for it, too.
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Old March 12th, 2009, 03:26 AM   #36
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i think this tower is gonna change significantly the face and feeling of university avenue
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Old March 19th, 2009, 08:00 AM   #37
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Ya gotta love Toronto. Canadians all over the country don't like this place, either. Maybe if they visited they would understand a little better. And in Toronto, the new skyscrapers aren't rumors - they are being built.

And with the four big banks now being four of the biggest in North America, how long is it gonna be before one of them decides to build another new headquarters?
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Old March 19th, 2009, 08:07 AM   #38
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Ya gotta love Toronto. Canadians all over the country don't like this place, either. Maybe if they visited they would understand a little better. And in Toronto, the new skyscrapers aren't rumors - they are being built.

And with the four big banks now being four of the biggest in North America, how long is it gonna be before one of them decides to build another new headquarters?
That works both ways. Toronto needs to engage Canada more often instead of forever looking south. Toronto needs to show leadership by fostering and developing national institutions and cohesion instead of considering the rest of the country unworthy of it by continuously looking to the USA over its own country. If Canadians spent more time in Toronto, they'd understand why Torontonians have a blind spot for them. Conversely, Torontonians need to stop being so ignorant of and disengaged with the rest of the country. People aren't put off for no reason at all.

The state of our national pro football league is a good example. Why on earth would Torontonians go to see a team from Winnipeg or Regina? Winnipeg? Regina? They're not major league. Pittsburgh and Miami please!!! See what I mean? That's the message Torontonians send to the rest of the country over and over again in a myriad different ways. You don't see London, Paris, or Sydney sending those messages to the rest of their respective countries.

Regarding our banks, we still talk about the Big 5 banks in this country, not the Big 4.

Back to Shangri-La. It's really going to dwarfing everything else on University Avenue. The foundation will be the second deepest in the city after Scotia Plaza. Here's how the hole is progressing.

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Old March 19th, 2009, 10:37 PM   #39
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If I'm a football fan, I want to see the highest quality football possible. That's in the NFL. So of course I'd prefer to have an NFL team over a CFL team. That doesn't mean I want to be American; all it means is that I'd prefer to watch football at its highest level. If other Canadian cities could get NFL teams, you think they'd turn them down?

How self-righteous is the rest of Canada? Toronto gets these opportunities because it's a large city. The rest of Canada needs to stop demonizing Toronto for doing what big cities do. Big cities have a lot of weight. That's their nature.

Living in Halifax for the last couple years I've come across people from all over Canada at Dalhousie. Most of them dislike Toronto as a matter of sport. They enjoy mocking the city for the sake of it. If you ask them to give legitimate reasons, they don't have any. So why on earth should Toronto clip its own wings in the hopes of appeasing the rest of the country that gives it zero respect? Perhaps the rest of the country should stop being so childishly insecure.

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Old March 19th, 2009, 11:00 PM   #40
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omg! i am in love! toronto is my husband! jajajajaja

i love this city! cheers from mazatlan!
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