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View Poll Results: Toronto - Canada
10 986 36.04%
9.5 326 11.92%
9 446 16.30%
8.5 232 8.48%
8 194 7.09%
7.5 88 3.22%
7 70 2.56%
6.5 21 0.77%
6 33 1.21%
5.5 17 0.62%
5 25 0.91%
4.5 16 0.58%
4 27 0.99%
3.5 55 2.01%
less than 3 200 7.31%
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Old October 27th, 2008, 07:22 AM   #1081
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We don't, however, have a big urban park RIGHT downtown. I seem to be having difficulty articulating what I'm referring to or conveying why it is desirable.
But I would argue that it is better to have many, various types of smaller outdoor spaces, than it is to have essentially one big one. As cool as Central Park is, it is hardly conveniently accessible to very many New Yorkers for an impromptu visit. And the majority of people in Manhattan, are faced with wall-to-wall concrete jungle. Central Park is not particularilly central to most New Yorkers, any more than Stanley Park is to Vancouverites....a "walk in the park" is not part of the average Manhattanites daily agenda....that's just some kind of romantic notion. That's why more Torontonians do the "park" thing...we have over 1500 of them, scattered quite evenly all over the city, including downtown. You can even downhill ski or golf quite (or hell...go to a nude beach) quite conveniently and with little notice in Toronto...Manahattan...I don't think so.

Our downtown is chock full of neat little outdoor spaces convenient to most people, and the whole downtown is surrounded by massive outdoor space far bigger than Central Park....Harbourfront/Islands, Don Valley, and the new Lake Ontario Park (1000's of acres).

But...yea...I get what you mean...nothing looks quite so nice as a big griidded park, lined on all sides by skyscrapers. Central park is somewhat unique in that respect though, so lamenting about it is something most cities could do.

What Toronto could do for a similar effect, is use the rail corridor as a huge, winding linear park snaking from the Junction all the way to the Don Valley and beyond. If we buried the Gardiner/Lakeshore, it would have the same effect from the Humber to the Don (downtown, it's already getting lined with skyscrapers on all sides). It would also double as a terrific biking commuter route.


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Old October 28th, 2008, 05:46 AM   #1082
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this is a perfect skyline. A nice cluster of Scrapers and a beautiful centrepiece tower.
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Old October 28th, 2008, 09:59 PM   #1083
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Old October 28th, 2008, 10:22 PM   #1084
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Those two 1930's buildings to the right of the old Bank of Nova Scotia building are a mystery to me. Were they torn down to build First Canadian Place or are they still standing? I don't remember either of them, so I'm assuming they both fell to the wrecker's ball? That would be a shame, since it was entirely unnecessary, and if the old Bank of Nova Scotia building is any indication, stunning irreplaceable buildings.
Yes, isaidso, the Bank of Montreal building directly across the street from BNS did unfortunately get torn down for FCP, but the other is the former Canada Permanent Trust company at the SW corner of Adelaide & Bay. Mercifully, it is still there - such a gem both inside & out
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Old October 28th, 2008, 10:37 PM   #1085
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Thank you. The old Canada Permanent Trust is still there, but doesn't tend to stand out quite as visibly as the old Bank of Nova Scotia building. What is doubly sad about the Bank of Montreal building is that it didn't need to be taken down. The tower that replaced it doesn't even occupy the same spot. Only the 30 ft hight bank lobby sits in the corner where this old building used to exist.

If the old Bank of Montreal building had been kept, only the architectural design of the base of FCP would have been sacrificed. We would have a similar situation as exists across the street. Scotia Plaza was built, but the old Bank of Nova Scotia building was saved. This should have happened here too. It's an eye opening to realize that only 33 years ago we were still knocking buildings like this down.
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Old October 30th, 2008, 04:31 PM   #1086
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Thank you. The old Canada Permanent Trust is still there, but doesn't tend to stand out quite as visibly as the old Bank of Nova Scotia building. What is doubly sad about the Bank of Montreal building is that it didn't need to be taken down. The tower that replaced it doesn't even occupy the same spot. Only the 30 ft hight bank lobby sits in the corner where this old building used to exist.

If the old Bank of Montreal building had been kept, only the architectural design of the base of FCP would have been sacrificed. We would have a similar situation as exists across the street. Scotia Plaza was built, but the old Bank of Nova Scotia building was saved. This should have happened here too. It's an eye opening to realize that only 33 years ago we were still knocking buildings like this down.
The north side of King Street was quite a lovely block, Besides the BofM building, and the well documented Toronto Star building, at the corner of King & York stood the Moderne Globe & Mail building which was a real beauty. You could walk up York Street and see the presses at work inside. The original doors were installed on the front of the present building on Front Street.
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Old October 31st, 2008, 09:45 PM   #1087
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By Redroom studios of Flickr/UT.

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Old October 31st, 2008, 09:50 PM   #1088
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^ simply awesome
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Old November 1st, 2008, 05:11 AM   #1089
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The photographer must have one powerful zoom!
Excellent picture of the metropolis
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Old November 1st, 2008, 07:43 PM   #1090
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Even more astonishing... also by Redroom Studios (flickr).

Mississauga is the first tall custer nearest the left... then SCROLL and SCROLL>>>

This ought to silence a few detractors from Canada, Australia etc.

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Old November 1st, 2008, 08:02 PM   #1091
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That's insane.
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Old November 1st, 2008, 09:30 PM   #1092
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Beautiful farmland and autumn colours!
Oh yeah, the skyline is pretty fantastic too!

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Old November 1st, 2008, 10:08 PM   #1093
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8/10 best in Canada, and one of the best in North America. Not to keen on some of the buildings tho
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Old November 1st, 2008, 10:19 PM   #1094
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Excellent pano!
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Old November 2nd, 2008, 03:08 AM   #1095
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That's arguably the most impressive pano of anywhere in the world.
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Old November 2nd, 2008, 07:22 AM   #1096
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That's incredible!
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Old November 2nd, 2008, 07:37 AM   #1097
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Old November 2nd, 2008, 08:04 PM   #1098
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Elliot, that Redroom pano you posted was breathtaking!

Here are some pictures I took at a rooftop Hallowe'en party last Friday:





and on the other side of the rooftop, looking North West:



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Old November 7th, 2008, 07:32 AM   #1099
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Pics I took yesterday from atop the CN Tower. First ones from the first level observatory, and the second ones from the skypod 33 floors higher:















The city from downtown, north to midtown and uptown, and waaaaaay beyond to North York:



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8,5/10 very nice!
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