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Old November 13th, 2014, 03:23 AM   #781
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Edmonton's skyline seems to be spread out linearly. It's going to be a long time before it fills in, but it's looking pretty good already.


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Never knew Edmonton had such quantities of midrises
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Old November 13th, 2014, 03:53 AM   #784
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Never knew Edmonton had such quantities of midrises
I didn't either till about a year ago. Aerial shots suggest Edmonton's core has tons of room for intensification. There are lots of parking lots and low rises scattered about, but mid rises go on and on for far further than one would expect. It's a fast growing place though. There are only 1.3 million in this metro, but some are saying it could hit 2 million in 15-20 years. A lot depends on oil prices of course.
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Old November 13th, 2014, 08:33 AM   #786
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Another nice Autumn colour photo of Toronto!!

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Old November 14th, 2014, 08:41 PM   #787
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Old November 15th, 2014, 02:46 AM   #788
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Old November 16th, 2014, 09:43 AM   #789
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20141116. The Toronto west-facing skyline - still dominated by the CN Tower but more crowded and greener than ever. by Vik Pahwa Photography, on Flickr
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Old November 20th, 2014, 02:58 AM   #794
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Great find JP. I've found myself intrigued with Edmonton lately so that photo is much appreciated.
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Old November 20th, 2014, 05:30 AM   #795
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Another nice Autumn colour photo of Toronto!!
I love the skyline part of that picture but it bothers me how the low rise areas in the foreground are so low slung. It's kind of jarring when based on the skyline my eyes expect to see much more heavily built up urban landscape.

Something like more like this for example:



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Old November 20th, 2014, 09:40 AM   #796
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I love the skyline part of that picture but it bothers me how the low rise areas in the foreground are so low slung. It's kind of jarring when based on the skyline my eyes expect to see much more heavily built up urban landscape.
I think having these traditional single family dwellings scattered around the downtown area is part of the charm of Toronto. There are plenty of well preserved Victorian/Edwardian neighbourhoods within a 15-30 minute walk of the Central Business District, which is not only human scaled, but completely charming. I, for one, don't like the idea of living in a city that becomes so densely built up that you could never dream of escaping it a bit.
And in the greater scheme, all Canadian cities from coast to coast have areas of single family dwellings within a short distance of downtown. That is part of the urban fabric of Canadian cities.
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Low slung "nooks" and "pockets" here and there perhaps would be, or having a variety with more modestly scaled buildings mixed with more imposing ones. But having a relative lack of central density in large areas very near the centre for me has an adverse affect on a city's sense of charm and charisma. I suppose we all have differing ideas of what constitutes a charming environment and for me that aspect definitely isn't it.
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Well, I think much of it depends upon the size of a city, physical limitations and population. For a city the size of Toronto to be intensively built out in every direction for many miles would first entail the demolition of entire residential neighbourhoods as we know them for a kind of urban renewal program, and secondly require a population the size of New York City or Mexico City to fill them up. If a city is on an island, like Hong Kong, or Manhattan, then the luxury of having a single family dwelling has not been an option in the past century. We actually still have that luxury, and I would consider that a bonus, not a negative.

These are long established neighbourhoods; they are in a sense suburbs that are still fairly close to downtown. Should we be annexing people's homes and land and then demolish them? There is, after all, no other way to establish a "denser" neighbourhood like the ones we see downtown.That very nearly happened here in the '70's when a group wanted to demolish the low density Chinatown to build a more "progressive" Spadina Freeway. Locals did not like the idea of wiping out the neighbourhood, and fought back. Because of that today we have a busy, bustling downtown Chinatown. It is very low density, but it has its original charm.

How else would we go about replacing neighbourhoods with tiny winding side streets and single family dwellings into intensely built up neighbourhoods? How then would we fill them, or rent out the business space with our existing population? Should we encourage big box developments on quiet suburban streets? I believe sometimes we forget quality of life in our desire to intensify density in all neighbourhoods.

In any case, to draw things back to photos, I will share some beautiful photos of Toronto found by Monkey!

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Well, I think much of it depends upon the size of a city, physical limitations and population. For a city the size of Toronto to be intensively built out in every direction for many miles would first entail the demolition of entire residential neighbourhoods as we know them for a kind of urban renewal program, and secondly require a population the size of New York City or Mexico City to fill them up. If a city is on an island, like Hong Kong, or Manhattan, then the luxury of having a single family dwelling has not been an option in the past century. We actually still have that luxury, and I would consider that a bonus, not a negative.

These are long established neighbourhoods; they are in a sense suburbs that are still fairly close to downtown. Should we be annexing people's homes and land and then demolish them? There is, after all, no other way to establish a "denser" neighbourhood like the ones we see downtown.That very nearly happened here in the '70's when a group wanted to demolish the low density Chinatown to build a more "progressive" Spadina Freeway. Locals did not like the idea of wiping out the neighbourhood, and fought back. Because of that today we have a busy, bustling downtown Chinatown. It is very low density, but it has its original charm.

How else would we go about replacing neighbourhoods with tiny winding side streets and single family dwellings into intensely built up neighbourhoods? How then would we fill them, or rent out the business space with our existing population? Should we encourage big box developments on quiet suburban streets? I believe sometimes we forget quality of life in our desire to intensify density in all neighbourhoods.

In any case, to draw things back to photos, I will share some beautiful photos of Toronto found by Monkey!
I think you'll find it's more a matter of zoning. If larger scale development was not prohibited, then the high land value would see things intensify organically over time.

I hope I didn't give the impression that I don't like neighbourhoods of this scale or that the city should not contain any of them. I'm just frustrated by the relative lack of one type compared to the other. A city the size of Toronto has huge areas that can be devoted to lower intensity development but higher density low and midrise urban fabric tends to be much harder to come by in Canada, at least outside of Monteal. Both development styles have their charm, but only one is starkly underrepresented.
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