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View Poll Results: Toronto - Canada
10 985 36.01%
9.5 326 11.92%
9 446 16.31%
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 0.59%
4 27 0.99%
3.5 55 2.01%
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Old August 27th, 2019, 11:03 PM   #5781
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Old August 30th, 2019, 12:43 AM   #5782
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Toronto has an interesting skyline configuration. Why is it that there are so many periodic clusters of highrises surrounded by lowrises as you move further from the lake along Yonge Street? Why arent these clusters closer to the lake? What caused this sort of development?
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Old August 30th, 2019, 03:58 AM   #5783
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Toronto has an interesting skyline configuration. Why is it that there are so many periodic clusters of highrises surrounded by lowrises as you move further from the lake along Yonge Street? Why arent these clusters closer to the lake? What caused this sort of development?
Toronto, and a number of other big Canadian metros, hit a tipping point quite a while ago where it became clear that they couldn't keep sprawling out indefinitely. Canadian urban planning did a complete 180 a few decades ago. Almost universally across Canada, policies encourage TOD (Transit Oriented Development) to decrease congestion, shorten commute times, decrease gas consumption, lessen the amount of gas wasted by cars (often stuck in gridlock), improve air quality, and to create nodes dense enough to support public transit options like subways.

Rather than have absolutely everyone traveling from suburbia to the downtown for employment, shopping, entertainment, and higher education urban planning policies support the development of dense clusters scattered throughout the metropolitan area.. These clusters act as mini-downtowns and negate the need to travel to the big downtown.


The Greater Golden Horseshoe has 25 nodes at various stages of development

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Old August 30th, 2019, 05:47 PM   #5784
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As a follow-up, since you specifically mentioned Yonge Street... the Yonge Street subway was/is of course a key engine to the north/south growth of the city's built form.

The skyline ebbs and flows along Yonge for around 15 km to North York (former borough now part of Toronto) where you'll find a huge/tall built environment that would, on its own, be the skyline envy of many smaller N. American cities.

Just google North York aerials.
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Old August 30th, 2019, 07:59 PM   #5785
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Better yet, go on Google Earth (as I once did), start from Toronto's downtown, and just follow Yonge Street north past all of the skylines of Toronto.
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Old August 31st, 2019, 12:46 AM   #5786
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Yonge Street is not getting some really impressive skyscrapers dotted along it. I really hope this activates the street on street level because from my many times to Toronto, and having lived in downtown Toronto - Yonge St. retail and restaurants needs some better options.
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Yonge Street is not getting some really impressive skyscrapers dotted along it. I really hope this activates the street on street level because from my many times to Toronto, and having lived in downtown Toronto - Yonge St. retail and restaurants needs some better options.
Agree. Considering Toronto's first experiment with a suburban cluster started in the 1960s it's taken a long time to start coming together. It's only recently that Yonge/Eglinton and North York City Centre got some decent looking skyscrapers. They've kick started even more development, better retail, better design, and enhanced public transit (Eglinton LRT).

This evening I drove from Eglinton south to College and it's clearly starting to fill in. Give it another 7-8 years and they'll eventually turn their attention to the public realm along that stretch. Yonge may be our Main Street but it's not yet a 'great' street.
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Shot 5 by Kenneth is... epic. Great capture.
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Old August 31st, 2019, 06:11 PM   #5790
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Kudos to Toronto Views for the pic. You know a good photographer when he/she can make Cityplace look this good ;-)
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By the way, would one of the Toronto-ers here tell me how to pronounce "Yonge"?
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Old September 2nd, 2019, 08:35 PM   #5795
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Same as "young"!
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And it's 'Torontonian' Chicagoer!
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By the way, would one of the Toronto-ers here tell me how to pronounce "Yonge"?
The Famous Bob Dylan song, "Forever Yonge" gives it away. Too bad the record producers, publishers, and countless cover artists have never known the true meaning of the song so have misspelled it from the get go. Bob Dylan has added to the confusion with his mysterious silence on the subject. (Fake News Alert.....Fake News Alert.....Fake News Alert).


Then there's the Bryan Adams hit about Toronto's construction boom, prophetically recorded long before the boom began. (Another Fake News Alert......Another Fake News Alert...........Another Fake News Alert......).
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Nice evening shot of downtown Toronto:



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Everytime I see pics of Toronto & it's magnificent skyline I wish I was rich enough to live there during the warmer months then live in Melbourne to escape the icy winters.
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