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[URBAN NOTE] On those fake City of Toronto notifications for condo redevelopments

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blogTO’s Derek Flack was the first person I saw explaining what the above graphic–ostensibly, a City of Toronto notification of a planned condo conversion of Old City Hall–was about.

Plenty of people fell for the prank when they first encountered the sign, especially as it started to make the rounds on social media. Part of the reason for this is that the production of the sign looks convincing (notwithstanding the wood poles and the dated colour scheme.

The other reason, however, is that the real applications we’re seeing these days have become so wildly outlandish. It wasn’t so long ago, after all, that a massive residential tower was proposed just to the east above the F.W. Woolworth Building at Queen and Yonge.

Aside from the minor giveaways, there was a significant hint as the facetiousness of the application: the Tumblr link at the bottom of the sign. This would normally send people to the city planning website, but instead leads the curious follower to a treasure trove of other prank development applications.

They range from Casa Loma to OCAD to the CN Tower — in other words Toronto’s most sacred buildings. Another proposes to build a whole new condo atop of 1 Bloor East, the nearly complete development that already soars to 65 storeys. The whole lot of them offer some much appreciated levity in the midst of a development world gone mad.

The Toronto Star‘s Peter Goffin went into more detail.

From 180 residential units built atop the Ontario legislature, to condos balanced on the CN Tower’s observation decks, to a Toronto Islands ferry reimagined as a floating base for a residential tower, the “proposals” get more surrealistic as it goes on.

It’s all a goof on Toronto’s condo-building fervor, care of a pair of artists and self-described “urban interventionists” who work under the pseudonyms Glo’erm and Tuggy.

“It is a piece of satire asking the public and the city to take a critical look at many of Toronto’s recent development projects, which show countless examples of condo towers being naively plopped on top of historic buildings as if this could preserve their elegance and our tie to their history, despite these additions,” Glo’erm told the Star in an email.

“We hope that it reveals how poorly these signs serve Torontonians as a means of notifying them and seeking their feedback about changes to be made to the urban environment,” he added.

Their Tumblr account is here.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 24, 2016 at 3:00 pm

[URBAN NOTE] “Condo creep finally arrives in Parkdale”

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blogTO’s Derek Flack shows how condos are starting to expand west of Dufferin into the heart of Parkdale.

A longstanding question for observers of Toronto’s urban landscape has been how long Parkdale can remain a condo-free zone. With the profound amount of development taking place on the eastern side of the Queen Street Subway and the steady increase of popular restaurants and bars, it seems inevitable that condos will infiltrate the neighbourhood.

Concerns about gentrification have been circling for over a decade, and the Parkdale has steadily become an entertainment destination despite considerable efforts by local councillor Gord Perks to maintain a balance between the rise of new businesses and the established vibe of the neighbourhood.

In some sense, new condos (rather than loft conversions) have already breached the dividing line between West Queen West and Parkdale when Q Loft was build at the northwest corner of Queen and Dufferin in 2014, but the real question is when this trend will move further west.

Tentatively speaking, the answer is now. Block Developments has proposed a seven storey development at 57 Brock Avenue on the site currently occupied by the Beer Store. Residents weren’t happy with the project at the pre-application meeting in the spring, but the project is proceeding through the various stages of planning.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 20, 2016 at 4:00 pm

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

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  • blogTO notes a photo series celebrating the corner stores of Toronto and reports on massive condo towers planned for Yonge and College.
  • Centauri Dreams notes the antimatter sail as a potential future propulsion technology.
  • D-Brief notes the beginning of a search for an Earth-like planet orbiting Alpha Centauri A or B.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that it is Ecuador that disrupted Assange’s Internet connection.
  • Language Hat looks at distinctions between fiction and non-fiction in different literatures.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes how Republicans are concerned for the future of the US Supreme Court and links to Matt Taibbi’s article suggesting that Trump might reinforce the existing American system.
  • Maximos62 links to his new audiobook of tales from Asia and the Pacific.
  • The Planetary Society Blog looks at the relationship between rapidly rotating regular satellite and their tides.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests that language shift among the Kalmyks to Russia has not weakened their ethnic identity, and shares arguments that Tatarstan and Bashkortostan must be brought back into line in with Russia’s national government.

[PHOTO] Enduring mist, Yonge and Eglinton

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Enduring mist, 2 #toronto #yongeandeglinton #condos #tower #clouds #fog #mist

There was heavy fog yesterday all along Yonge Street, from the downtown to the midtown. Even in afternoon, tall towers like these were cloaked.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 18, 2016 at 8:59 am

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

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  • Bad Astronomy notes a new census of galaxies finding that there are two trillion in the universe.
  • blogTO reports on a new twin condo tower proposed for downtown Toronto.
  • The Dragon’s Tales reports on findings suggesting Earth barely escaped a third snowball period.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that no one wants to stay in Trump’s new Washington D.C. hotel.
  • Language Hat notes the effort to revive the language of the Miami.
  • Language Log notes pervasive censorship in China.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money dissects the idea of “locker room talk”.
  • Marginal Revolution looks at Thailand.
  • The NYRB Daily considers the Bob Dylan Nobel prize.
  • The Planetary Society Blog’s Jason Davis interviews the makers of the revamped Antares cargo rocket.
  • Towleroad features a guest essay by Hillary Clinton’s honorary gay nephew.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy’s Orin Kerr looks at the future directions of computer crime law in the United States.
  • Whatever’s John Scalzi notes that the GOP doomed itself.
  • Window on Eurasia considers the problem of melting permafrost in the Russian North.
  • Arnold Zwicky engages with an article on gay/straight friendships.

[PHOTO] CHAZ on Charles, 45 Charles Street East

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45 Charles Street East #toronto #condos #tower #charlesstreet #45charlesstreet #45charles

CHAZ on Charles, at 45 Charles Street East, has one of the more architecturally interesting façades I’ve seen built onto a condo tower.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 14, 2016 at 6:56 pm

[PHOTO] Looking towards the condoized skyline of Yonge and Bloor

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Towards Yonge and Bloor #toronto #skyline #tower #condos #yongeandbloor

Almost all of the towers you see in this photo, taken looking northwest from Church Street towards Yonge and Bloor, were built in the last few years.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 13, 2016 at 11:48 am