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[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links, from Lego TTC to private nude beaches to University Avenue

  • Global News reports on Jackson’s Burger, driven from Yonge Street by high rent.
  • blogTO shares this man’s collection of TTC vehicles done in Lego. It is truly impressive.
  • Steve Munro reports on the cost of renovating the Bloor-Danforth subway.
  • The Toronto Star reports on the private nudist swimming resorts in the GTA. There are no legal public nude beaches without Hanlan’s.
  • The Globe and Mail‘s Dave Leblanc reports on the embattled traffic islands of University Avenue.

[PHOTO] Four photos taken from the observation deck of the Canada Life Building

The observation deck of Toronto’s Canada Life Building provides a remarkable vantage point on downtown Toronto, even now in the era of skyscrapers and condo towers everywhere.

View west

View south (looking down)

View south (looking up)

View east

Written by Randy McDonald

June 2, 2017 at 8:00 am

[URBAN NOTE] “New Toronto condo a marvel of engineering”

blogTO reports on the remarkable retrofitting of 488 University Avenue, once an office tower, into a condo.

If there’s a common criticism of Toronto condos, it’s that they’re accused of being bland glass boxes with little regard to the nuances of architecture and design.

There are plenty of exceptions, of course, but few projects have quite the technical appeal of the one rising at Dundas and University right now.

Once a 1968 office tower, 480 University Ave. has been reinforced and given a new shell, which paves the way for the construction of a 37 storey condo atop the existing structure. When complete, its new address will be 488 University.

When we last checked in on the site, the exterior of the old building was being stripped and bolstered with a new steel frame. Now, just over a year later, the building has been almost entirely remade as the base of the condo to come.

Written by Randy McDonald

February 19, 2017 at 6:00 pm

[PHOTO] Descent, St. Patrick on the northwest corner of University and Dundas


This staircase leading into St. Patrick station, on the northwest corner of University Avenue and Dundas Street West, looked especially interesting last night.

Written by Randy McDonald

January 21, 2017 at 12:29 pm

[PHOTO] Looking east on Armoury Street from University Avenue

Looking east on Armoury Street from University Avenue

Written by Randy McDonald

January 5, 2015 at 1:45 pm

[PHOTO] Osgoode Hall on Christmas

Osgoode Hall on Christmas, 1 #toronto #osgoodehall #torontophotos

Osgoode Hall on Christmas, 2 #toronto #osgoodehall #torontophotos

Osgoode Hall on Christmas, 3 #toronto #osgoodehall #torontophotos #queenstreetwest #universityavenue

Written by Randy McDonald

January 4, 2015 at 5:12 pm

[PHOTO] Looking south down University Avenue at Province House, Charlottetown

Looking south down University Avenue at Province House, Charlottetown #princeedwardisland #pei #charlottetown #universityavenue #provincehouse

Written by Randy McDonald

September 13, 2014 at 5:33 pm