On the side...and without getting into the irony that this used to be G&M site, I presume they're moving because work is starting here?:
As easy as it is to be cynical about Toronto's cheap, spandrel-laced 2000-2020 architectural character, I do sense that the tide seems to be turning in the last few years. A return to solid exterior walls, a higher level of finesse, etc. in recent proposals and builds. I'm hard-pressed to think that under construction and proposed projects such as The Well, 8 Elm, Aqualuna, or 208 Bloor West would have happened even 10 years ago. Design and build quality standards in this city are, make no mistake, still nowhere close to where they should be (not to mention our still-horrendous urban realm with its dangling wires, rusting street lamp poles, crass cement sidewalk pavings, and cracked asphalt). But in the midst of all this negativity and pessimism it's important to zoom out and look at the bigger picture of things actually going uphill in many aspects (or at least starting to).From an optimist's perspective, this project seems like the next generation of development in the city. The quality of the materials and the architectural expression makes one hopeful that what we see here will become the norm over the next 20 years.