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[PHOTO] Control room window gone transparent, Bloor-Yonge

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Control room window gone transparent

I was quickly walking through Bloor-Yonge station Sunday evening, heading towards the southbound platform, when I looked over and saw that the control room’s window, normally set to an opaque mirror, was transparent. Why would I not pause to take a quick shot of the revealed interior?

Written by Randy McDonald

June 27, 2017 at 9:00 am

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[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

[PHOTO] Early morning commuters, Bloor-Yonge

Early morning commuters, Bloor-Yonge #toronto #ttc #yongeandbloor #blooryonge #ttc #subway

Written by Randy McDonald

March 8, 2017 at 3:30 pm

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[PHOTO] Happy Holidays from the TTC

Happy Holidays from the TTC #toronto #ttc #yongeandbloor #blooryonge #holidays #toytrain

Written by Randy McDonald

January 6, 2017 at 10:00 am

[PHOTO] CHAZ on Charles, 45 Charles Street East

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

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

[URBAN NOTE] “How Toronto’s latest mega tower got the green light”

Jennifer Pagliaro’s article in the Toronto Star explores the political mechanics behind the impending construction of a super-high condo tower at Yonge and Bloor. The City of Toronto lacks much control over the process, it seems.

An unprecedented development — an 80-storey Toronto condo tower that will be second in height only to the CN Tower — sets a new standard for density at a crucial downtown intersection. Those extremes have created schisms at city hall over more than a year, during a planning process that has left key questions lingering: How much is too much? And who decides?

What occurred with this tower, which Yorkville developer Sam Mizrahi has dubbed “The One,” does not reflect how all building applications are dealt with in this city. But it is an example of how, some councillors say, the city is being built higher and higher, under duress.

As real estate wars see developers buying smaller and smaller parcels of land at rising prices, they are increasingly building skyward to cover their costs.

That’s been noticed at city hall. City councillors and staff say developers are applying more frequently to build well above the prescribed height and density for a neighbourhood. Councillors say there is little recourse to accommodating exceptions, with a provincially legislated appeals body capable of overturning council’s planning choices.

With the province in the midst of a review of that powerful body, the Ontario Municipal Board, city advocates say it’s finally time to get serious about removing Toronto from its grasp.

In the absence of reform, this is how one very tall, very dense building got the green light at council.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 13, 2016 at 5:45 pm