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    TOBuilt Rises from the Dead

    Reading your comments here, and those over at BlogTO, and in response to a few other various appeals, I've realized that bringing down TOBuilt was a mistake and I've restored it now. Some of the comments here were less than kind, but if I'm honest about it I'd have a hard time defending my...
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    Next Mayor of Toronto?

    Toronto has elected a fat, lying, homophobe with no notion of city building, no ability to work with others. I look forward to the day I leave this city I once loved. Over and out.
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    Pedestrian streets in TO?

    jaycola, I think that's a good choice. The difficulty in Toronto with pedestrian streets is that many of our more active streets are fairly significant thoroughfares going long distances - in most cities that have a good network of pedestrian streets they have chosen shopping streets that do not...
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    Toronto Toronto | Southcore Financial Centre & Delta Toronto | 159.71m | 45s | GWL | KPMB

    We could call them Hardcore and and Softcore perhaps. To be honest, I also think Southcore is appropriate for a complex at this location. I imagine, however, that it's a working name, and like "Union Tower", may disappear later on.
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    Toronto Toronto | Backstage On The Esplanade | 116.73m | 36s | Cityzen | P + S / IBI

    I actually created "Briar Mews on the Greene", which was essentially as meaningless and irritating as I could come up with. Two votes. What's wrong with people? I find the number of misspelled names, without evident ironic intention, to be quite sad. There's also an abundance of names that...
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    Toronto Toronto | Ontario Place | ?m | ?s | Infrastructure ON

    Raze it? I think not. Yet, it makes sense that it needs to be revitalized. I'd save the Cinesphere, the Atlantis Pavilions and the Goh Ohn Bell Shelter, and I wouldn't be overly worried about the rest. I have no problem with private sector involvement and think it makes sense. To me, a key...
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    Toronto Toronto | Lower Don Lands Redevelopment | ?m | ?s | Waterfront Toronto

    It's astonishing to see plans being developed now that in all likelihood, I will not be around to see developed even if they occur at the expected current rate (unless someone wheels me over to see how it's going - and I may not want that, as I might miss jell-o if I leave the home).
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    Favourite Cities?

    My favourite city is a city I haven't been to yet.
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    Toronto in decline..... (Back in MY day we had respect!)

    Twenty years ago, anti-social behaviour that is measurable, like crime, was much higher than it is now. Toronto's crime rate hit it's peak in 1989, and since then we've murdered less. We also, as I've pointed out in two posts so far, do not continue to smoke in public places, a change in...
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    Earthquakes 2010 and 2011!

    My mom just called from Ottawa all out of breath, so they felt it up there. We vacated our building.
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    Toronto in decline..... (Back in MY day we had respect!)

    No, it's not. You've offered statements. Prove to me, by some method, that there are more cigarette butts in the street today than in say, 1984 or 1974. I simply don't believe you. And the larger, far more important customer of not smoking in public places, in which dramatic change for the...
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    Toronto in decline..... (Back in MY day we had respect!)

    I was going to leave this thread alone, too, partially because I think tkip has been generous in modifying his original statements and accommodating other's opinions, so I see no need to attack or come on strong, even if I don't really agree. Largely, I think we live in a world where what is...
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    Toronto in decline..... (Back in MY day we had respect!)

    Yes, I think we've had this discussion before. Just getting back from a trip that took me through Glasgow, Liverpool and Manchester, it was interesting to see cities in real decline and what that looks like. Answer: stagnating population, cores full of fantastic but empty and abandoned buildings...
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    Toronto Toronto | Sherbourne Common, Canada's Sugar Beach, and the Water's Edge Promenade | ?m | ?s | Waterfront Toronto | Teeple Architects

    I would have preferred something with a corporate endorsement: maybe Porter Airlines Park. Perhaps Beyond Petroleum Park. GlaxoSmithKline Park? Monsanto Park? There's a lot of possibilities here.
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    Monorail for Toronto

    rbt, Atlanta, LA, Washington, Miami, San Francisco and Montreal come to mind immediately without trying as cities that started after us, within the North American context that is the closest point of comparison. Toronto was actually way out ahead of the game, building subways in the 1950's...
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    Toronto Toronto | The King Edward Private Residences | ?m | ?s | Skyline | ERA Architects

    interchange, a very charmante presentation - thanks so much for this.
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    Toronto Toronto | Infinity Condos | ?m | 35s | Conservatory Group | Richmond Architects

    I find the Infinity buildings inherently depressing to pass by, and the thought of two more of them right there, almost exactly the same. Well. I'll have to avert my gaze I guess.
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    Detroit Vs Toronto: David Olive on Detroit

    Well, actually, when it comes to transit, I do wallow in despair. When you look at St. Clair, Blue 22, and Transit City, it is to weep.
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    Detroit Vs Toronto: David Olive on Detroit

    What's missing in all of this is any kind of yardstick. What cities are we comparing ourselves with in our current malaise. Other cities are suffering as well. Oakland is declaring a 'fiscal emergency' so that emergency transit cuts don't have to have an environmental assessment. Chicago...
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    Detroit Vs Toronto: David Olive on Detroit

    I know this is in poor taste, but it's just too easy to parody this kind of article. Olive: What Port-au-Prince's comeback bid means to Toronto PORT AU PRINCE – The cure for regarding Port au Prince as a lost cause is to go and look at it. Still Haiti's largest city, this metaphor for...

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