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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    I'd be curious to see how much ridership a station in Dundas would generate—assuming a location large enough for the inevitable parking lot/structure could be found. I also wonder about the tourism potential of weekend service to a Paris station.
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    Ontario Line Extension West of Ontario Place (Speculation)

    Despite the declining population, the area remains quite dense by Toronto standards. Eventually, the balance between shrinking household sizes vs. increasing housing units should cross back into growth. Certainly, I would imagine that a station could be justified to serve the density at Jameson...
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    Toronto Toronto | Union Station Revitalization | ?m | ?s | City of Toronto | NORR

    Maximizing pedestrian capacity seems like the wisest use of the limited space we have here. This area sees some of the heaviest pedestrian traffic in the city, particularly surging for events at the Rogers Centre. Impeding the flow of those crowds by restricting barrier-free movement ought to be...
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    GO Transit Midtown Corridor

    If you're already sitting down on relatively fast/comfortable train heading in the direction of your destination, why would you put yourself through the hassle of flying? It seems like a lot of added stress for very little benefit (if any).
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    Toronto Toronto | Ontario Line | ?m | ?s

    Exhibition is likely the best positioned location in this area for surface connections, including the Harbourfront and Bathurst streetcars as well as the Dufferin and Ossington buses. The Lansdowne and Queensway buses could be extended/rerouted to the station fairly easily as well, and future...
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    Toronto Toronto | Ontario Line | ?m | ?s

    Agreed re: an additional Jane-Dundas line (perhaps veering down from around Regent Park to East Harbour). If our goal is to better serve the West End, a short OL extension along the rail corridor with stops at Jameson and Sunnyside should be sufficient for the medium term.
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    Greenbelt developments

    Given this, what are the chances that little development occurs on the recently unprotected land prior to a new government swooping in and re-establishing these areas as Greenbelt? If fairly good, I could see this potentially becoming a major local issue in 905 battlegrounds come 2026, when the...
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    Toronto Toronto | Ontario Line: Pape Station | ?m | ?s | Metrolinx | HDR

    I'm all for more density on the Danforth, but this stretch is one of the most vibrant urban experiences in the East End, especially when CaféTO narrows the roadway. I'd hate to see that jettisoned for 20-30-storey towers when we could accommodate the same density more sensitively with missing...
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    Richmond Hill Toronto | Yonge North Subway Extension | ?m | ?s | Metrolinx

    Hypothetically, you could have AD2W service on the RH line between its northern terminus and a TTC connection at Oriole-Leslie, somewhere on the OL or even at North Toronto/Summerhill (if we're really being ambitious) while maintaining some rush hour service to Union along the current route...
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    Toronto Toronto | AGO: Dani Reiss Modern and Contemporary Gallery | 48.35m | 6s | AGO | Diamond Schmitt

    There is something special about a so-big-you-can-get-lost museum/gallery, and I would fear that a stand alone contemporary art institution could dilute/cannibalize the potential MOCA has to grow into something more substantial. Split sites for the ROM (a natural history museum and a museum of...
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    Population of Toronto (Including Census Counts)

    We should be careful not to equate earning a paycheque with contributing to society. Retired people—particularly women—often contribute a substantial amount of unpaid labour, whether through formal volunteer work, caregiving (e.g., grandchildren, infirm spouses and, increasingly, older parents)...
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    Toronto Toronto | Ontario Line | ?m | ?s

    Very few stations in the system are justified by walk-in traffic alone. Like most other stations across the city, OL Exhibition's success will not primarily depend on the handful of buildings in the immediate vicinity but rather on its integration with the local surface network. On that front...
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    Ontario Line Extension West of Ontario Place (Speculation)

    While transit in the West End and the city's Northwest definitely warrants substantial improvement, I'm not convinced that the OL is best positioned to provide it, especially if the Union-relief aspect of the Exhibition connection remains a priority. Others have floated the idea of an additional...
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    Toronto Toronto | Ontario Place | ?m | ?s | Infrastructure Ontar

    I'm all for a museum of First Nations history; however, the optics of locating it on such a peripheral site relative to the core and detached from actual Indigenous historical sites aren't great. Either locate it in the thick of things downtown (e.g., the coach terminal site) where it can stand...
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    Toronto Toronto | The Gloucester on Yonge | 147.82m | 44s | Concord Adex | a—A

    Well that was crazy. The wind just blew a bunch of construction material off the top of this building and all over the neighbourhood. Hope everyone's all right.
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    Toronto Toronto | Ontario Line | ?m | ?s

    I'm not convinced that the line would have to go any farther than Roncesvalles/Queen in the near future with a stop at Jameson. That should be enough to serve Parkdale and Roncesvalles, thereby providing relief to the streetcar network. Further, it would provide an opportunity to re-orient...
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    Toronto Toronto | Ontario Line | ?m | ?s

    Every system has bad days, so I don't doubt that there will occasionally be delays and crowding. However, the redundancies brought to the system by the OL and GO Expansion will hopefully keep people moving in a way that's impossible today whenever Line 1 goes down. A few nightmare commutes per...
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    Church-Wellesley Village

    Bar Volo is moving down the block to the empty space on the NW corner of Church and Dundonald. I'm hopeful this will bring some life back to Church north of Wellesley - the area has seemed a bit quiet and forlorn over the past year or two.
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    Toronto Toronto | Bloor & Dufferin | 122.35m | 37s | Hazelview | Turner Fleischer

    I would love to see an urban square on the corner. I don't believe there's any open space along Bloor itself for the entire stretch between Christie Pits and High Park; a place to sit down and chill, to watch the world walk past and to stage smaller events/performances would be appreciated here.
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    Church-Wellesley Village

    I've heard from two sources that Zippers is teaming up with Remingtons to take over the old Barn space. EDIT: And now I'm hearing that that information isn't correct...