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What's happening with Toronto's waterfront silos?

Posted by Chris Bateman / March 21, 2015

toronto canada mills siloThe Canada Malting and Victory Mills silos are like two great concrete bookends on the downtown waterfront. Located at the bottoms of Bathurst and Parliament streets, the former soya and grain storage facilities are relics of a time when the port of Toronto was a place of heavy industry, not entertainment.

But while Lake Shore Blvd. and latterly Queens Quay E. have been the focus of extensive improvements since the 1980s, the silos have remained derelict.

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50 storey condo pushes development east on Bloor

Posted by Chris Bateman / March 19, 2015

toronto 387 bloor streetBloor Street East between Jarvis and Sherbourne has seen relatively little in the way of high-rise residential development since the 1970s--until now. The oxymoronic "Rosedale on Bloor," a pair of condominium towers planned for the south side of the street beside the new National Post headquarters, could add new life what's long been a staid stretch of downtown.

The proposal has been with the city since Dec. 7, 2012, but an appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board set for early next month could trigger construction some time this summer.

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Behind the scenes at the TTC 50 years ago

Posted by Chris Bateman / March 18, 2015

toronto greenwood subway yardIn 1965, the Toronto Transit Commission was putting the finishing touches on its first (and to date only) major east-west subway. Running just under 13 kilometres from Woodbine to Keele, the $206 million first phase of the Bloor-Danforth line consisted of 20 stations, two bridges, two yards, and was mostly built without the use of tunnel boring machines.

Matching the existing look of the Yonge line, the platforms were modern and spare in style. Basic tiled walls, no public artwork.

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61 storey tower proposed for Yonge and Cumberland

Posted by Chris Bateman / March 18, 2015

Cumberland Yonge towerYonge and Bloor could be about to become even more densely clustered with high-rise residential towers now that a 61 storey building is on the cards at Yonge and Cumberland streets.

Hot on the heels of Sam Mizrahi and Foster Partners' plan for what could become the tallest building in the country, a developer is proposing a mixed-use building opposite the Toronto Reference Library that would include 531 residential units and a large, two-storey retail space on Yonge St.

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What a $1 million house looks like in Toronto

Posted by Alana Charles / March 18, 2015

1 million houseA $1 million home is the new norm in Toronto's pricey real estate market. Depending on the neighbourhood, a million will get you a small starter home in the city, a fixer-upper or a bungalow, just begging for a knock-down. Add in the land transfer tax, down payment and mortgage fees, the cost for a semi or detached in the 416 isn't as luxurious as it used to be.

Here's what $1 million buys you in six Toronto neighbourhoods.

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House of the week: 688 Woburn Avenue

Posted by Alana Charles / March 17, 2015

688 Woburn Avenue Toronto688 Woburn Avenue is a newly built modern dwelling in the Bedford Park neighbourhood, on the market for $2,858,000. While it's not the coolest house on the block, the chic four bedroom scores major points for its unique selling features. There is a back-up generator, a wireless thermostat, a snow-melting system and a dog bathroom.

With six bathrooms, perhaps Sparky has his own private potty area, instead of just utilizing the backyard like all the other neighbourhood pups. Sorry, no bathroom photos are posted.

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