- Apr 25, 2007
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It's not even about the buildings being grey. It's about EVERY component of this area being grey. The bricks, the lights, the spandrel, the roads, the stop lights, the sewers. Everything is light and dark grey. Talk about depressing. But maybe I'm expecting too much from a boring city.
Yes, that's exactly it, it's not just the buildings that are grey, EVERYTHING is grey. I don't care how many trees are planted but that bombardment of grey is just overwhelming. (for me anyway)
The Paris picture above is not all grey. The roofs are grey and white, while the buildings are a creamy shade of white. Not only that but the materials used to build those buildings are very different than glass and spandrel. It does not have that cold feeling that WDL has. Look at the black wrought iron balconies and the sculptural details of the ledges. In Paris, at street level, you will see a lot of different materials and colours used. You will not see a wall of glass/spandrel retail, along a whole strip. There is no way that the West Don Lands is going to feel anything like Paris or even have half its charm. Paris in general, is more white, than it is grey. It's certainly nothing like the ugly, medium grey spandrel we usually get in Toronto. Let's face it, some shades of grey are much worse then others.
If you think grey is the only issue, you are missing the point. It's about the way the materials and the colour make people FEEL. It's the cold materials along with the lack of decorative details that prevent an area from having any charm or character. It makes everything seem cold and sterile. The comparison to Paris is way off the mark because Paris is loaded with distinctive, decorative details made of quality products like copper, wrought iron and wood. Those small details make a huge difference. Look at the wonderful details on those buildings. What is the equivalent in the West Don Lands? Those silly green ovals on the roof? OY VAY!