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Schools in condos, mandatory affordable units: What does the future of vertical Toronto hold?

Earlier this week, CBC Toronto’s Dwight Drummond talked to chief city planner Jennifer Keesmaat about what the future looks like for Toronto families in increasingly vertical communities. The conversation is part of CBC Toronto’s Vertical City series. Our stories examine the realities of life for families, including those with children or seniors, in condos in...

Here’s how condo dwellers are getting creative, hacking their spaces and forcing innovation

With nearly half of Torontonians living in apartments of some kind, squeezing into smaller spaces has led to some compromises and creative hacks to get around tight corners. And although the average size of a Toronto condo has grown compared to previous years — coming in now at 832 square feet — space is still...
Yonge St. pedestrian-friendly transformation in the works

Yonge St. pedestrian-friendly transformation in the works

City planners and councillors are envisioning an ambitious plan that could re-shape Toronto’s largest thoroughfare over the next four years. Yonge Street, in the downtown core, spans from Queen Quay to Bloor Street, and has long been one of the city’s main arteries. And according to city Coun. Kristyn Wong-Tam, Yonge is also a source...

QUICK 5 INTERVIEW – 5BY2 PARKING

FIVE QUESTIONS FOR KAMIEL KOOT OF 5BY2 Parking For this particularly interesting issue, we spoke with a member of the team responsible for the automated parking system, Kamiel Koot. The company Kamiel works for is 5BY2 Parking and they do some pretty amazing things with parking garages. This Dutch company has revolutionized the car park...
Toronto Condo Demand Outpaces Vancouver Real Estate Peak

Toronto Condo Demand Outpaces Vancouver Real Estate Peak

Toronto real estate demand has been strong, and the condo market was no exception. According to the Toronto Real Estate Board’s (TREB) most recent statistics, buyers plowed into the market sending prices to dizzying new heights. Despite bank warnings over an overheated condo market, demand exceeded Vancouver’s real estate frenzy. For more please click here...

QUICK 5 INTERVIEW – MASSEY TOWER TEAM INTERVIEW

FIVE QUESTIONS FOR DOMINIC MATTMAN OF READ JONES CHRISTOFFERSEN For this issue of the Playlist we spoke with Dominic Mattman, the Project Engineer in charge of the Structural Engineering of Massey Tower. He graduated from UBC with a Masters of Earthquake and Structural Engineering before beginning his career in the Vancouver office of Read Jones...
MOD's Massey Tower Reaches Grade on Yonge Street

MOD’s Massey Tower Reaches Grade on Yonge Street

Construction has reached a milestone for an upcoming towering addition to Toronto’s skyline, as work recently hit grade level at the site of MOD Developments’ Massey Tower, a 60-storey, Hariri Pontarini Architects-designed condominium development on Yonge Street, just north of Queen. In addition to its 207 metre height and a slim profile, the project is...

The Massey Tower Progress Pictures

Check out this great public thread from Urban Toronto with beautiful pictures of the progress at The Massey Tower. Click here
As detached home prices soar, first-time buyers turn to condos

As detached home prices soar, first-time buyers turn to condos

Two new analyses of the housing market make clear, soaring prices of detached houses in Vancouver and Toronto are masking the reality that, for many Canadians, housing has actually become more affordable over the years, spurred by falling interest rates, steady income growth and a surge in condo construction. For more on this article click...
GTA sets new annual home sales record – in November

GTA sets new annual home sales record – in November

Some 7,385 houses and highrise condos changed hands in November, up 14 per cent year over year. The average sale price of a home climbed to $632,685, up 9.6 per cent from a year earlier. For more on this article please click here via Susan Pigg Business Reporter, Published on Thu Dec 03 2015 Toronto...
A Snapshot of Yonge and Dundas in the 1970s

A Snapshot of Yonge and Dundas in the 1970s

If there was a decade in which Toronto was at its most rough around the edges and gritty, it was the 1970s. And if there was a place where this stood out more than any other, it was the Yonge Street corridor between Dundas and Gerrard. For the rest of the article click here via...
The 10 Tallest Buildings Under Construction in Toronto

The 10 Tallest Buildings Under Construction in Toronto

Over the last decade, Toronto has seen an unprecedented boom of highrises, with construction cranes becoming an almost iconic element of the Downtown streetscape. After 10 years of non-stop activity already behind us, the construction surge has continued, showing no sign of slowing its record-setting pace. For much of the decade, Toronto has led North...