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We agree on getting rid of 10 Dundas..........but the block you suggest for a baseball stadium would not be viable.(money aside) The area in question is roughly 2.6ha; by comparison Rogers Centre (Skydome) is over 5ha.

Fenway Park in Boston has one of the most, if the not the most compact footprints in baseball, and it occupies 3.6ha, still about 40% more than the block(s) bounded by Yonge and Bond.
You're right, realistically land would have to be acquired all the way through to Church St and the stadium would be pretty compact by typical MLB standards. NIMBYs would never allow it to happen in our lifetimes.
 

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You're right, realistically land would have to be acquired all the way through to Church St and the stadium would be pretty compact by typical MLB standards. NIMBYs would never allow it to happen in our lifetimes.

That's also a lot of University function to relocate somewhere else.

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Not quite the right shape, but about the right size...........:(where the baseball stadium used to be)

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There's the small matter of the public housing and the park there............but I digress.

Ok......back on topic! LOL
 

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So, today was opening day at Little Canada… and it's very good. Here are just a few pics from Niagara Falls by night. Don't worry too much about the exact placement of things, it's all just notional arrangements of the local components. Little Canada is about the flavour of places and not the precise replication of geographies.

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More to come later.

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Just haven't had time for much more yet… here are four more Niagara shots (which is the first area you come to, and a knockout of a start—the falls are fully animated);

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I think I heard that midday-to-midnight is on a 15 minutes cycle—didn't time it precisely—but it seems to go and come more quickly.

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Okay, a noontime meeting got cancelled, so I've had a little more time. Let's look at more of Niagara, heading over to Niagara-on-the-Lake first:

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There's a horse-drawn carriage that makes a circuit through town there. Lots of identifiable buildings, like the Prince of Wales Hotel above, and the Royal George Theatre, the backstage area of which has been removed for our viewing pleasure below:

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Queen Street shops and the clock tower:

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Facing Lake Ontario, it seems that Marilyn Bell just dove in:

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Heading back towards the falls, it seems that Little Canada has acquired their own winery:

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By the time we make it to the floral clock, dusk is settling in:

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…and the Brock Monument is shining out over the escarpment landscape, Queenston Heights Restaurant a short walk away:

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The Spanish Aero Car (animated) over the whirlpool (animated) is still running past nightfall:

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Back in town, the shops below customs are lit up:

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Hey @innsertnamehere, you can be glad at least that you're not the guy in the jam-up waiting to re-enter Canada whose car has overheated:

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…but if you were, you could ride Little Canada's rather fanciful ICE train back to Toronto instead:

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Of course, an actual VIA train pulls into Niagara Falls' actual station just below the HSR viaduct there, but you have to wait for the video for that. More later!

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The ICE train is an interesting addition.. It seems pretty accurate otherwise, then they throw in a random high speed train?
The geography is totally mixed up throughout the layouts, while along with the 'signature buildings' that you'll recognize, there are 'character buildings' thrown in to provide local flavour that do not represent actual buildings… so the HSR is just one of several fanciful things in the displays. Maybe Jean-Louis Brenninkmeijer and crew are trying to will a high speed network into existence? More power to them!

Meanwhile, let's head to the Greater Golden Horseshoe…

We'll start by taking in some theatre in Stratford;

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then hockey in Brantford;

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Then take a nearly deserted 403 to Hamilton;

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…where there's more going on Downtown;

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Daytime again, let's explore the industrial area around the port:

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Just off to the side of Cootes Paradise is Dundurn Castle;

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A number of RBG Gardens can be found here too, like the rock garden and the perennials garden…

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Just to the side is local legend Easterbrook's where a 30k Around The Bay Road Race is just being completed;

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If we take a quick detour north before continuing eastwards, we'll find ourselves at Crawford Lake Conservation Area with its longhouses, and a lacrosse game underway;

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Just around the corner though is Downtown Oakville, and couple notable Mississauga towers, before we journey off to the Centre of the Universe next…

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Around the corner, here's a taste of Little Toronto…

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Most buildings in Little Canada are at 1:87, or HO Scale, same as the trains and cars and people… but not all of them are, some would be simply too large or too tall at that scale to fit comfortably in the exhibition spaces. The CN Tower is one of those that had to be brought down to keep in from going through the ceiling, while the Scotiabank Arena and SkyDome or whatever it's called also needed to be reduced:

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As the trains are all HO Scale, it's not surprise that the Roundhouse would be at that scale, but this is another building that's been cut away somewhat, in this case to show off those very trains. Meanwhile, Steam Whistle may have a water tower here, but that part of the Roundhouse has actually been demolished and cleared…

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I'd love to see buildings (and the model railway!!!) from the Toronto Railway Museum added into the green space above in coming years.

Meanwhile, another train-related building is done in great detail, outdoors at least, pre-revitalization of the moats…

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One rather cool insert, in totally the wrong area (even though geographies are already rather mixed-up), but brought up close, focuses on building over a subway line as was done at TeaHouse on Yonge Street. It's nice and close at the front of the display.

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To the east, the St Lawrence Market, minus grade change, opened up for your inspection:

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Makes one wish we had more of a square in front of it! Meanwhile, the Distillery District's buildings are easy to love:

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That's all I'll show of Toronto until I have my video ready. Onwards to Ottawa and Quebec City next.

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Looks like it's definitely worth a visit. The iconic Marilyn Monroe towers next to the dome- wouldn't that be grand.
 

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