First of all, calm down. If you want to ask me a question, ask it respectfully.I read the whole post. None of a 13, 15 or 21 storey building would “ruin the neighbourhood forever” lmao. I have no patience or respect for the notion that we must forever kowtow to rich people and their houses, entrenching their wealth and “protecting” them from the horrors of shadow, 1% reduced sky view, more people on the sidewalk, etc. I just don’t care and I think it’s inequitable the way the OP builds a policy fortress around Neighbourhoods. If you live a stone’s throw from Yonge St and multiple subway stations, parks and schools, retail and offices, in a $2, $3, $4, $5+-million house, you should have some responsibility and tolerance for growth along with the privilege of living there. A well-designed tall building does not “ruin” a neighbourhood and I will not stand for this drivel!!
I agree that we have too many limitations in the Official Plan and the guidelines that disincentivize mid-rise development, and that we have too many Neighbourhoods (single-family homes) in Toronto. On the other hand, this doesn't mean that tall buildings are appropriate everywhere. It would be wrong to plop them right next to 2 to 3 storey homes without any transitions. The Scrivener Square site is appropriate because the adjacent sites are mid-rise, and then the adjacent sites to those adjacent sites are low-rise. I don't think it's good policy to allow tall buildings right next to tiny ones, and I believe some buffers should exist. Other than that, this street has historically been a mid-rise "main street". Preserving it would preserve the entire function and purpose of this stretch of Yonge Street. We wouldn't solve the housing crisis by allowing tall skyscrapers to built anywhere. We can solve it by allowing reasonable density in our Neighbourhoods. I have never understood how anyone could advocate for uncontrolled development with infinite heights without consideration for its impacts on the city... including visual, social, and transportation impacts. "Growth" does not mean that anything is appropriate so long as it brings more housing units. In fact, if we allow just anything to get built next to Neighbourhoods, then the NIMBYs will only get louder and more influential. We should be talking about increasing density to a reasonable level across the region, and do so with attention to context & detail.