Totally agree, I'd like to see 480/482 restored too and worked into this proposal - anything south of there to Grenville Street is nothing special at all, except the unique retail and restaurants.
The clock tower and building below was a fire hall - wayyyy back in the late 1800's. By the middle of the 20th century it served as retail and then in the 60, 70's & 80's it was the St. Charles Tavern (Charlies upstairs), an infamous gay club in the 1970's and then very popular in the 80's. By then the exterior had already been mucked with probably decades earlier and was a nondescript brick affair with faux windows, as I recall. The ground level interior was quite something and was highlighted by an original ultra wide, two level grand staircase leading to the second floor which was all ripped out when split into several retail units in the 90's. Nothing left now, except that clock tower which will cause the developer some grief if they are proposing anything north of 480 Yonge.
So what retail do we get back? Another Starbucks and shoppers drug mart? Or perhaps a tim hortons?
People should always question changes in the city and decide if they are good for the city or not, on a case by case basis as well as part of a bigger picture.
I find that people who cheer on gentrification for the sake of more gentrification have a very elementary (and/or blindly middle-class) understanding of how cities work. Gentrification comes with some serious consequences, especially for lower income brackets. It's no secret that the last decade has dramatically reshaped demographics in our city, and is creating a city much more divided along lines of income and wealth than most of us are used to seeing in a Canadian city.
So yeah... God help us all indeed, if we don't take a critical perspective to the way our cities develop and grow.
I think I might be the only person here who doesn't think that the clock tower is worth saving... I always thought it was faux historicism! I had no idea it has history.
So, now that you *know* it has history, why do you *still* think it isn't worth saving?
The tower looks botched to me; from the crappy shingles to the windows and EIFS or whatever it's called. Nothing important architecturally.