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    Costco

    I believe there are quite a few urban Costcos around the world, including in NYC and Japan. I think actually if they opened one downtown in Toronto, it’d be heavily trafficked, considering that at least anecdotally, one of the primary reasons people eschew Costco memberships downtown is due to a...
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    TTC: Other Items (catch all)

    You’re right, visible increases in services can be a very powerful political tool. Sadly I feel that services tend to be very cyclical in popularity, especially in a municipal setting, where the idea of cutting waste (not to say that our municipal government is allocating resources particularly...
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    TTC: Other Items (catch all)

    Hard to buy votes with OpEx, always looks better when you’re buying shiny new things with CapEx. I’d say John Tory has been more egregious on the front of funding operations, and we can see the effect of that every day on the TTC, in our parks, on our streets, etc. The issue is now is the exact...
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    VIA Rail

    Hitachi could be viable considering they did win the bid for the Ontario line, maybe they create a base here. Wonder if Deutsche Bahn gets in on the operations side, might be too much of an expansion all at once in Canada for them though with RER.
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    VIA Rail

    We’ll see, we didn’t end up with decades of Bombardier contracts due to their competence. I’m sure in the end there will be a few consortiums bidding on this, but Alstom has the clear advantage here. Hard to reject bids that start with X facilities supported, $$ in Canadian investment, Y jobs...
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    VIA Rail

    Realistically, is there any chance the Feds go with anyone but Alstom? I feel like having big business lobbying for HSR, especially one with the political sway that Alstom has with their Canadian manufacturing bases and partial Quebec ownership could push HSR to a possible reality for once.
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    VIA Rail

    I feel like they’re saying that these are the times for TGV if they’re being conservative by including sections that are low speed, otherwise the times would be quicker with more high-speed sections (amusingly introducing scope creep into their own scope creep by proposing HSR to begin with)...
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    Toronto | The One | 338.3m | 94s | Mizrahi Developments | Foster + Partners

    The thing is, demand for housing for the ultra-ultra wealthy doesn’t just go away. If you simply don’t build for that demographic, then the ultra-ultra wealthy bid on housing for the ultra wealthy, and the ultra wealthy bid on housing for the wealthy, wealthy for the upper-middle class, etc. In...
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    Harbourfront Centre

    Toronto's Harbourfront skating rink to close permanently This is just sad, we live in a city that’s been a boom for a decade now? And yet our public services, amenities, infrastructure, etc. are all in a state of decay. What a joke. Edit: @Northern Light Do ya have a read on the situation...
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    TTC: Bloor Danforth Line 2 West Extension(s)

    So I dug in a bit and found some of my old notes. Bottom-line is we don't really know for sure (shocker) but there's a few hypotheses that in combination realistically cover the bases. In terms of the hypotheses, the first was that we overbuild our stations (York extension used as an example...
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    TTC: Bloor Danforth Line 2 West Extension(s)

    I had an urban economics professor who gave us three reasons why building transit is significantly more expensive in Toronto. Maybe I should dig up some of those slides, I clearly retained none of that knowledge
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    Toronto | Therme Spa/West Island at Ontario Place | 45.15m | 9s | Therme Group | Diamond Schmitt

    Losing the Cinesphere as a venue for movies would suck to be honest, even if they do only show second-runs and classic movies. It will be the only real IMAX theatre left in Toronto after the demise of Scotiabank theatre, and it’s one of the few left in the world that still projects film, in...
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    TTC: Other Items (catch all)

    I don’t know if there has been a modal shift or not, but what the TTC does have is a perception issue. I talk to friends, coworkers, etc., and at this point they all attempt to avoid the TTC if they can, especially women, who often do feel scared to ride the TTC lately (anecdotal evidence of...
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    Bloor-Yonge Station Capacity Enhancement

    1.5 billion and no spare change for platform doors? True genius at work over at the TTC
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    Toronto | Union Station Revitalization | ?m | ?s | City of Toronto | NORR

    I respect what the star is doing here on this series of articles, but I wish this pressure regarding the state of the City had come throughout Tory's term instead of just before an election. The fact is, people are frustrated with the John Tory era of a decaying status-quo, and I feel the media...
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    Toronto | 210 Bloor West | 114.8m | 29s | Tribute | Core Architects

    Well the permit was issued in May and there’s only 42 units, maybe they sold them all?
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    Metrolinx: Other Items (catch all)

    Truly a groundbreaking announcement
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    Bloor-Yorkville Scene

    Still no news on the club Monaco space? Been a while now

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