I'm happy to have contributed some thoughts to Shaun Micallef's new article for the Toronto Star, Toronto's Grudge Against Apartments and the "yellowzone" (Gil Meslin's great term), as shown on this map I made.
There is a commonly held view that new buildings in Toronto are creating a Starbucks and Subway Restaurant-filled commercial monoculture. This study undertook a visual survey of the Downtown Area to compare businesses in new and old mixed use mid-rise and tower buildings. The study showed that independent businesses comprise 64% of commercial units in downtown mixed-use residential/commercial buildings. When compared to older mixed-use residential/commercial buildings in Downtown Toronto, new developments reduce the percentage of independent commercial businesses, by around 10%.Read More
For the past few years, I've had a passing interest in much unloved Brutalist architectural style. Through this, I've noticed that there is very common use of cantilevered upper floors in many buildings of this style. To document these occurrences, I've started a Tumblr about them.