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[PHOTO] Ten photos from St. James Town, Toronto

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The high-rise towers of St. James Town, a neighbourhood inspired by Le Corbusier just southeast of Yonge and Bloor, might have a bad reputation stemming from the towers’ substandard construction and the poverty of the neighbourhood. The towers themselves can still look quite stunning, against the background of (for instance) a drizzly day and a cloudy sky.

Towers of St. James Town (1)

Towers of St. James Town (2)

Towers of St. James Town (3)

Towers of St. James Town (4)

Towers of St. James Town (5)

Towers of St. James Town (6)

Towers of St. James Town (7)

Towers of St. James Town (8)

Towers of St. James Town (9)

Towers of St. James Town (10)

Written by Randy McDonald

July 2, 2017 at 9:45 am

[PHOTO] Five photos from the rooftop patio of the Yonge Eglinton Centre

Yesterday morning before work, I ventured over to the rooftop patio of the Yonge Eglinton Centre. The views that it offers of midtown Toronto from three stories up are lovely, but I like the park itself, a green space surrounded by the towers of the YEC.

Greenery on the roof (1)

Greenery on the roof (2)

Looking north

Looking up

Greenery on the roof (3)

Written by Randy McDonald

June 23, 2017 at 8:30 am

[URBAN NOTE] Three notes about high-rise fires, at Grenfell Tower and elsewhere

  • The Independent suggests that potentially flammable cladding was mounted on London’s Grenfell Tower so as to make it look nicer for richer neighbours. If the lives of the poor were put at risk of burning to make richer neighbours happy … Wow.
  • Adam Rogers at Wired describes the many complexities regarding fighting high-rise fires and evacuating their inhabitants.
  • CBC suggests that local building codes in Canada are sufficiently stringent to prevent a repetition of the Grenfell Tower tragedy here. One hopes.

Written by Randy McDonald

June 15, 2017 at 6:30 pm

[PHOTO] Looking up at Yonge and Bloor, 10 June 2017

Yesterday morning, I got off from the shuttlebus at Yonge and Bloor and decided to look up. The towers that are on three corners of this intersection are tall, One Bloor East being particularly fetching. The southwest corner that was formerly home to Stollery’s is vacant, but I entirely expect it to be filled.

Looking up at the Bay

Looking up at CIBC

Looking past the former Stollery's

Looking up at One Bloor East

Written by Randy McDonald

June 11, 2017 at 10:30 am

[URBAN NOTE] “Troubled Trump Tower in Toronto likely will go to owner of $301-million construction loan”

The Financial Post carries Alastair Sharp’s Reuters report noting that debt-laden Trump Tower here in Toronto has not received any bids, and that the bank that is its main debt holder is likely to take the building.

The court-run sale of a downtown Toronto high-rise bearing the name of U.S. President Donald Trump received no initial bids and ownership will likely fall to its main debt holder, a letter from the receiver showed.

The court process only indirectly involves Trump, whose sprawling business empire licenses its brand and manages the Toronto property on behalf of the developer, Talon International Inc. But the Trump International Hotel & Tower’s new owner will need to navigate an unresolved dispute over whether they can get out of that arrangement.

No qualified bids apart from a stalking horse offer of $298 million were received for the luxury hotel and condo property by an initial deadline, the receiver, FTI Consulting, said in a letter dated Feb. 21 and seen by Reuters on Monday.

“As a result, the Receiver has determined that the Stalking Horse Bidder is the Successful Bidder,” the letter said.

With no rival bidders emerging, the hotel’s ownership will likely fall to JCF Capital ULC, which on Sept. 29 bought the $301 million owed on the tower’s construction loan, before quickly moving to initiate the sale process.

Written by Randy McDonald

March 7, 2017 at 4:00 pm

[PHOTO] Looking northwest, Church and Wellesley

Looking northwest, Church and Wellesley

In the afternoon light, the condo towers of the Yonge and Bloor area loom over Church and Wellesley. The northwest corner of this intersection is likewise set for a massive transformation, a condoization. This scene will not be here for much longer.

Written by Randy McDonald

March 7, 2017 at 11:14 am

[PHOTO] Looking west, rue de la Gauchetière and Mansfield, Montréal

Looking west, rue de la Gauchetière and Mansfield

Written by Randy McDonald

March 3, 2017 at 11:00 am