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    Toronto | Union Station Revitalization | ?m | ?s | City of Toronto | NORR

    Reminds me of the old-school software engineering days. Build a massive requirements spec up front, get agreement, and then start building to the spec come hell or high water. I mean, people very quickly figured out that this was a pretty blinkered way to build software, since it means you can’t...
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    General railway discussions

    Why? CPKS is still the smallest of the majors no?
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    Bloor-Yonge Station Capacity Enhancement

    “The drawings show no provision for Platform Edge Doors.” Isn’t this a bit surprising? I didn’t expect them to build any, but not even putting in provisions? Maybe the issue is that the provisions to be put in place vary wildly by type of PSD, and so instead of locking themselves into a single...
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    Zoning Reform Ideas Also this ^ I’m hoping (but not counting my chickens) that all this energy will lead to substantial, meaningful changes.
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    Cycling infrastructure (Separated bike lanes)

    The more I hear about Gord Perk’s approach to housing (not championing missing middle), road safety (the foot-dragging on Parkside Drive immediately comes to mind) and the like, the more I lose respect for him. That he is sometimes referred to as the leader of the left wing in Toronto’s Council...
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    how long until toronto surpasses chicago on skyscrapers?

    I’m curious why you say that. What differences in urbanism would cause the 416+905 to be the obvious Toronto region to compare Chicago, Philadelphia, New York proper to? This positioning makes the most sense. No line on a map is going to be perfect or reflect where people live, but this...
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    how long until toronto surpasses chicago on skyscrapers?

    No, it is not. The inner suburbs of Toronto are the old, preamalgamation municipalities. Where have you seen (links appreciated) York municipalities referred to as inner suburbs?
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    how long until toronto surpasses chicago on skyscrapers?

    I think this is moving the goalposts. I’d agree with you if you were only counting the inner suburbs, but I definitely draw the line at including York Region or Peel Region.
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    Toronto | Time and Space Condos | 101.8m | 29s | Pemberton | Wallman Architects

    I do think it’s easier to know your immediate neighbours if you live in a smaller building - though this is very much a function of one’s personality as much as building size. He manages to hit all the tropes: the residents will be renters, so they don’t give a s**t and won’t add to the...
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    TTC: Other Items (catch all)

    If they’re anything like the ones in New York (and I hope they are on this front) they are way, way tougher than you’d imagine. It’s more likely they’re tagged.
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    Toronto | Hurontario-Main LRT | ?m | ?s | Metrolinx

    I doubt Brampton will get this LRT. The Councillors can fight over the tunneled alignment as much as they want, but I would be nonplussed if the Premier or Bethanfalvy signed off on this boondoggle. And, as a former resident of Brampton, a pox on the former Council.
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    TTC: Other Items (catch all)

    @Northern Light I appreciate the nuanced response. Let me step back and attempt to lay out a few thoughts in general: Society operates best when we have some shared set of social ‘mores’ and the overwhelming majority of us operate in response. Operations are cheaper, one needs less enforcement...
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    TTC: Other Items (catch all)

    “Shelagh Pizey-Allen, spokesperson for an advocacy group called TTCRiders, said the resumption of ticketing will have a negative impact on people who can least afford to pay.” Sometimes I wonder if TTCRiders realizes how they sound. Speaking personally, I get incredibly upset when people...
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    Toronto | 2760 Dundas West | 24.41m | 6s | Sierra | Gabriel Fain Architects

    Eh. I don’t see a need to rebuild the original facade. What’s proposed looks handsome - and we need more of this across the city. It’s too bad we can’t have an accelerated development process here.
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    Parking - Catch All

    It does seem like a weird place to hold the line on fees. Permit parking I can understand from a political perspective, but Green P? I wonder if they’re getting pressure from BIAs, or worried about getting pressure from BIAs.
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    TTC: Other Items (catch all)

    To be very clear - and this matters - they swung a machete at a cop, i.e. to my knowledge the cop was not slashed. Clearly a very stupid move. Unfortunately for the teen and the force, the teen later ended up with injuries post detainment, and the SIU is investigating.
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    Cycling infrastructure (Separated bike lanes) “Doug Ford is smart to stay out of the race. There really is no difference between Brad Bradford and Josh Matlow,” said Kouvalis, referring to Matlow, the Toronto-St. Paul’s...
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    TTC: Other Items (catch all)

    Choosing not to vote - and it is a choice - means that you didn’t care enough to affect the outcome. And, sure, there are always reasons people give for why they don’t vote (it doesn’t matter, all politicians are the same, whatever) - but at the end of the day they didn’t even try to affect the...
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    TTC: Other Items (catch all)

    This is actually our legacy. Collectively, most Toronto voters decided that this was the Toronto they were willing to pay for. Why is everyone pulling a shocked pikachu face when it actually ends up being as dystopian as was foretold?
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    Mayor John Tory's Toronto

    Absolutely won’t happen. This ^ is what will happen instead, which is why we’ll end up with another center-right Mayor. We’re the best at playing at “crabs in a bucket”.