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CityRail In Depth: Corridor Capacity

August 28, 2012 4:30 pm | by Jonathan English | Comments
Toronto is facing a transportation crisis. We have more people using every form of transportation than any of the systems were designed to accommodate. Our best chance to expand rapid transit ... read more

SIX50 King West Nears Completion

Freed Developments' SIX50 King Street West Condos, Toronto. Designed by Core.
August 28, 2012 1:16 pm | by Evan Manning | Comments
Block by block, Peter Freed has been gradually remaking King Street West. With each profitable incision, a redemptive contemporary project takes the place of a poorly used lot. Unburdened by ... read more

Then and Now: Northwest Corner of Queen & Yonge

Northwest corner Queen & Yonge, Toronto, sometime before 1825
August 28, 2012 9:52 am | by Jeff Low | Comments
The Northwest corner of Queen and Yonge down through the years. Then. The Sun Tavern. Prior to 1825. If the sketch is accurate, the Sun wasn't quite on the corner. Then. Agricultural Hall, ... read more

Daily Headlines: News From The Internet For August 28, 2012

August 28, 2012 9:45 am | by Evan Manning | Comments
New federal ridings proposed for the GTA; Rob Ford's credibility under attack; cycling safety and streetcar tracks; Sheppard Ave. East post subway and more news: Ontario school boards upset by ... read more

Photo of the Day: Cross Section of Development Captured at Yonge & Bloor

Yonge and Bloor in Toronto
August 28, 2012 12:00 am | by Anonymous | Comments
Despite initial perceptions one may glean from the Toronto skyline and the hysteria and hype surrounding the current development boom, Toronto was not built in the past decade. Our built ... read more

Pearson AirRail Link Construction Underway

Construction of columns proceeds for the new Pearson-Union AirRail Link
August 27, 2012 5:30 pm | by Craig White | Comments
Metrolinx plans to have it open in 2015: a new dedicated train, the AirRail Link, which will connect Canada's busiest air transportation hub to Canada's busiest transportation hub of any kind. ... read more

New Renderings for 88 Scott Street Illustrate the Importance of Representation

88 Scott Street in Toronto by Concert with Page + Steele Architects
August 27, 2012 4:40 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
The impact that a project rendering has on a proposed or pre-construction condominium development is immeasurable. Contemporary purchasers expect high quality images as a given, showing every last ... read more

New Renderings For Transformation of Historic 761 Queen West

761 Queen Street West in Toronto by R and B Properties, Quadrangle Architects
August 27, 2012 3:06 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
The commercialization of Queen Street West is pushing past Bathurst Street and inching ever closer to Trinity-Bellwoods, indicated by a recent project rendering shared by UT Forum member AlbertC. ... read more

Then and Now: Central Commerce Collegiate

Central Commerce Collegiate in Toronto
August 27, 2012 10:31 am | by Jeff Low | Comments
Then. 'Central High School of Commerce.' Shaw Street. c1917. Now. April 2012. read more

Daily Headlines: News from the Internet for August 27, 2012

August 27, 2012 10:22 am | by Anonymous | Comments
TCHC looks to offload Rosedale HQ, Rob Ford's summer adventures (illustrated), renaming Yonge-Dundas Square and the origins of a few of our neighbourhood's names. Toronto Community Housing CEO ... read more

Photo of the Day: Shangri-La Lights Up

Shangri-La Hotel & Condos, Toronto. Developed by Westbank Corp.
August 27, 2012 12:00 am | by Evan Manning | Comments
There is a lot to be said for subtlety. Measured and understated, architectural detailing is intended to be an inflection that reinforces rather than alters. An overly generous use of lighting, ... read more

Increasingly Photogenic L Tower Attracts UT Shutterbugs

L Tower Condos Toronto by Cityzen, Fernbrook Homes and Castlepoint Realty
August 24, 2012 5:00 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
Few UrbanToronto Forum members were ready to heap praise on Cityzen, Fernbrook and Castlepoint's L Tower when it was first under construction — no doubt at least partially due to its ... read more

The King East Nearly Fully Clad in Glass

The King East by Lamb Dev Corp, Hyde Park Homes, Sher Corp, and Core Architects.
August 24, 2012 11:59 am | by Anonymous | Comments
With the exception of balcony glass and a few windows, cladding on The King East is almost complete. The task of cladding the 15-storey condominium began early last May and continued while ... read more

Then and Now: The Don Valley at Leaside

August 24, 2012 10:46 am | by Jeff Low | Comments
Then.  'Dec. 28, 1931.  Leaside'.  This of course, is the North Toronto Sewage Treatment Plant, built in 1929. Now.  April 2012. read more

Daily Headlines: News From The Internet For August 24, 2012

August 24, 2012 10:30 am | by Editor | Comments
Las Vegas gambling mogul visits Rob Ford to lobby for casino; Toronto Police can 'absorb' cost of salary hike, says councillor; let the internet teach you how to read TTC signals; and more ... read more

Photo of the Day: Urban Capital's River City Condos

Urban Capital's River City Condos in the West Donlands, Toronto
August 24, 2012 12:00 am | by Evan Manning | Comments
The first private sector development in the West Donlands, Urban Capital's River City Condos are an exciting addition to this embryonic neighbourhood. The two buildings of phase one are designed ... read more

The Interview: Steve Gupta of Easton's Group, Part 1

Steve Gupta of Eastons Group of Hotels and Alex Corey of urbanToronto
August 23, 2012 4:45 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
This week UrbanToronto sat down with Steve Gupta, president and CEO of Easton's Group of Hotels. Treated to a breakfast buffet at the Hilton Garden Inn at Peter and Adelaide, we had the ... read more

New Office Building Slated for Sultan Street

1-9 Sultan Street is by Hariri Pontarini Architects and St Thomas Commercial Dev
August 23, 2012 1:42 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
UrbanToronto sleuths have spotted a Globe and Mail real estate ad seeking tenants for a new yet-to-be-built nine-storey office building on Sultan Street near Bay and Bloor. A rezoning ... read more

Riverdale's Unique History Commemorated by Heritage Toronto

Former level crossing of the Grand Trunk Railway at Queen Street in Toronto
August 23, 2012 12:03 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
Stretching along the east side of the Don Valley, the community of Riverdale has been an integral part of Toronto since being annexed in the late 19th Century. Bound by the Don River, Danforth ... read more

Then and Now: Bay Street south of Front

Bay Street south approach to Front Street in Toronto
August 23, 2012 10:39 am | by Jeff Low | Comments
Then. September 14, 1929. Bay Street south approach. read more