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^^ Are there no shopping centres below the office towers downtown? I am surprised at that! :eek:

Most of the PATH in Toronto is just a long series of interconnected underground shopping malls. The malls could
never be above ground due to the high cost of land, so the underground is therefore an option.
 

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Funny you should mention high water table being a possible factor as well. The city allowed the pedestrian bridge to built overhead because water levels would have made an underground PATH connection prohibitively expensive. (WZMH Architects) Installation is this weekend.




The pedestrian bridge is designed to accommodate the possibility of a widened Lake Shore Boulevard in the future, should the city decide to tear down the Gardiner.



full article - http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/pedestrian-bridge-forms-first-path-connection-to-waterfront-1.2736834

And from wiki ----

The City of Toronto released a long-term expansion plan for the PATH. As part of the expansion plan there will be 45 new entry points, and the walkway expanded to as long as 60 kilometres when changes are completed. [4] The city of Toronto is constructing a 300-metre, CAD$65 million tunnel connecting Union Station to Wellington Street, the first publicly owned segment of the 4,000,000-square-foot (370,000 m2) PATH subterranean shopping district. Toronto planners have begun work to guide future PATH development and ensure PATH link construction is included in basement levels of key new buildings.

It's first connection was from Eaton's department store to Eaton's Annex store under Queen Street built in 1900.


The PATH is currently 29km long, the worlds largest underground shopping mall and one can debate that it's larger then Montreal's Reso(32km). One thing is certain though it will surpass Montreal's without question over the next few years in size. People have also argued it's taken away pedestrian traffic from street level creating dead zones. One of the key reasons for building P.A.T.H and and continued expansion is due to the fact the sidewalks were getting over crowded. Now we have two levels of pedestrian walkways in much of the downtown core.


This is near King and Bay during rush hour and there are probably an equal number of pedestrians right below them using the P.A.T.H to get to Union Station.


People also like to blame it for creating a Ghost Town feeling in the financial core weeknights and weekends but it has almost nothing to do with it. The majority of shops and restaurants in the PATH in the core remain closed evenings and weekends as that part of the city is really just a Mon-Fri 9-5 zone.

P.A.T.H is an integrable part of getting people from point A-B without it the core would be a nightmare on weekdays.
 

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Actually, underground cities is rather foreign to me, there is no such thing in HK and China. Don't know about NY, Chicago and Boston but the underground path system is not common on the western region. There is a little one in both Winnipeg and Edmonton but didn't see one in Calgary, SF, Seattle nor Portland, don't think there is one in LA either.
 

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These underground malls are mostly there to service the huge business community above in the Central Business District. They can go down under directly from their offices without putting on any coats or sweaters, and do shopping or have lunch. They are busiest during business hours. This massive group of workers uses the system the most.
 

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Calgary has the +15. It's like P.A.T.H but elevated. I've heard Ottawa's Carleton University has one but it's merely bare bone tunnels lined with lockers.
Calgary's +15 is elevated walkways connecting all the office buildings in downtown, not another shopping levels like the underground cities in Toronto and Montreal. Winnipeg, Edmonton and even Regina have many skywalks as well.
 

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Why would somebody not want to see the sun, feel the breeze, get a little wet from the rain, walk on the snow ?

Maybe it would be suitable in the far north or in some deserts, though.
When you're in a rush to get from your office to your train you could care less about feeling the breeze and more about the fasted route from point A-B. Also after the first few snow falls the novelty of walking around in the white stuff wears off.
 

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vancouver has more than pacific centre, there is a large maze of shops and restaurants under bentall centre



bentall centre connects to royal centre across the skytrain plaza

and than the new convention centre, canada place, shops under the hotel across from canada place connect underground to sinclair centre and skytrain/waterfront station building


if you wanna avoid outdoors you can get from the convention centre to gastown pretty easily
 
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