You lost your grand podium - but in its place, we will place some umbrellas! Exactly what this city deserves.
I'm glad some of the heritage buildings were saved, and the two towers still look fairly tall, but what happened to the designs? These aren't nearly as complex or interesting as the original model. That big white tower was my favourite and now it seems to be gone entirely.
On the bright side, I love that we'll get to keep the Princess of Wales. When the theatre crowds are out and about it adds some real charm to King Street.
Well this is depressing, but I can't say I'm surprised. I wish Mirvish would just bypass the City altogether and fight for the original proposal at the Board.
I would not blame the new designs on the work done to get the city and the neighbourhood committee on board (as design was not an issue for either party). I suspect also that the final designs will be the best that economics can provide in any event. I have faith in Mirvish and Gehry in that regard.
But I wonder what happened to the OCAD and gallery space?
^^ Oh dear. What could have been. Damn you Keesmaat!
Agree. This is one of those instances when it's hammered home hard that we're just not 'there' yet. There are still far too many people struggling to adapt to the global metropolis Toronto is morphing into. They still think they're living in a giant Ottawa. Their voices will get quieter as the years pass, but it's maddening nonetheless. Toronto just isn't ready for the big time quite yet.
Maybe in 2030 when a new generation of Torontonians enter positions of power. Dear oh dear oh dear. D I S S A P O I N T E D.