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  1. MichaelZ

    Toronto Toronto | 401 Bay Street | 143.86m | 33s | Cadillac Fairview | WZMH

    Such "13-year-old suburban-shut-in skyscraper geeks and message-boarding fanboys" might indeed exist as you describe, but how does that relate to the cladding on 401 Bay? Does the mere existence of these niche demographic groups imply something important?
  2. MichaelZ

    Toronto Toronto | 401 Bay Street | 143.86m | 33s | Cadillac Fairview | WZMH

    I will respond to this only and assume it's entirely genuine, but I do agree with PinkLucy that attempts to move off-topic with 'sniping' should be discouraged. Can you elaborate on what "a callow, message-boarder's fantasy rendering of a "tired, dated" building "refreshed"" means? I'm also...
  3. MichaelZ

    Toronto Toronto | 401 Bay Street | 143.86m | 33s | Cadillac Fairview | WZMH

    Bumping this thread still, after both the mod and I have clearly said it got too off-topic after the last few comments? Ignoring your own suggestion to use messaging instead makes this appear intentional. (If you have no comments on 401 Bay the wise thing would be to not fall into the same trap...
  4. MichaelZ

    Toronto Toronto | 401 Bay Street | 143.86m | 33s | Cadillac Fairview | WZMH

    I genuinely wanted to learn how the forum block function works. If you don't believe that I was genuine in the previous comment then you could have just messaged me privately too? Or ignore it? Readers can skim through the posting history of forum members and decide for themselves the...
  5. MichaelZ

    Toronto Toronto | 401 Bay Street | 143.86m | 33s | Cadillac Fairview | WZMH

    But can they see other people replying to my comments, such as you? If not, doesn't that break the forum for them... Because you'll appear to be responding to nothing? Conversely, if they do see, announcing a 'block' seems pointless?
  6. MichaelZ

    Danforth Line 2 Scarborough Subway Extension

    On the topic of extensions, was there ever a proposal to add another stop north at Finch/Woodside Square?
  7. MichaelZ

    Toronto Toronto | The One | 328.4m | 91s | Mizrahi Developments | Foster + Partners

    The cladding looks to be a bit on the lower end for luxury condos, or at least the corner pieces. The reflections in #14336 seem to be noticeably distorted within some of the panes.
  8. MichaelZ

    Toronto Toronto | 401 Bay Street | 143.86m | 33s | Cadillac Fairview | WZMH

    I can clearly still reply to you and other folks can see the comment? Also, since I just noticed this comment several months later, I will write this to the benefit of the passing reader. The person who first resorts to ad-hominems usually doesn't have a substantive point so this really can...
  9. MichaelZ

    2022 election - who is running for mayor?

    Hmmm yeah Gil's platform sounds more and more like empty talk the deeper you dig. If he genuinely thinks he'll become dictator of Toronto after being elected and get to disband city council, then it might just be him being delusional. But assuming he's been around the block it just seems like...
  10. MichaelZ

    Toronto Toronto | Wellesley on the Park | 194.15m | 60s | Lanterra | KPMB

    Have there been any successful injury lawsuits against Toronto Parks in the last few years?
  11. MichaelZ

    Toronto Toronto | Crosstown LRT | ?m | ?s

    Is this a cross section of a tunnel near Niagara Falls? What's the relation to the Crosstown's underground environment?
  12. MichaelZ

    Toronto Toronto | 45 St Clair West | 166.85m | 50s | Manulife Real Estate | Sweeny &Co

    How much parking is usually allocated to office space? 1 per 100 m2?
  13. MichaelZ

    Downtown congestion pricing system

    Since it's already been discussed that singling out parking spaces will likely require more complex procedures and legal basis then a simple hike in property tax rates, I won't rewrite it here.
  14. MichaelZ

    Downtown congestion pricing system

    The records of the judgements of the Courts of Ontario are publicly available. No one has to take my word for it. In very few cases of any kind does the court express agreement that the government has the authority to punish, after the fact, an activity or decision they mandated in the first place.
  15. MichaelZ

    Downtown congestion pricing system

    The city probably doesn't have the legal authority to force it though, in other words even if it were passed through city council the courts would block it. @Rainforest is probably right that those owners who were forced to include parking spaces have a strong legal argument against the...
  16. MichaelZ

    Downtown congestion pricing system

    Taxing parking won't actually help congestion, in fact it might worsen it. For example, more folks dropping off and picking up will simply circle around the block instead of paying for parking.
  17. MichaelZ

    Downtown congestion pricing system

    London seems to be doing fine with an even larger of streets from all directions, whereas we have the lake as the southern boundary. How will any business suffer? The total number of customers will at the very least remain the same, and probably increase, as everyone will move around faster.
  18. MichaelZ

    Downtown congestion pricing system

    I never claimed they had exclusive say over it? This seems to be refuting a point invented by yourself. It's clear that Queen's Park can block it indefinitely if they really wanted to.
  19. MichaelZ

    TTC: Streetcar Network

    That's true yet there's also the cost of political and bureaucratic battles to be factored in. If it takes 100 senior folks spending half their year to ram through a decision, that's easily 250K x 100 x 0.5 in fully loaded salaries alone. Or $12.5 million for one decision. And as you alluded...