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How revitalization can improve health

Residents who moved directly from old housing to new housing as part of the revitalization of the Regent Park community housing project in downtown Toronto said one year later that they felt safer, more connected to their community and more…

Q&A: Grand Harwood Place

The Ajax Plaza has been in existence since the early 50’s. Why redevelop it now?The Ajax Plaza was originally built to serve a community of up to 25,000 people. At the time, the plaza was the commercial heart of the community. …

The Match Game

Earlier this year, a sign appeared on the side of 952 Queen Street West in downtown Toronto—home to the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) —announcing that an application had been made to develop of a 9-storey, 151-unit…

Suburbs as “Huburbs”

The concept of transit-oriented development (TOD) has exploded over the last decade as the driving development principle for Canadian cities. Like the proverbial “instant star” in the entertainment industry who has actually…

Killing the Golden Goose?

Toronto City Council recently deferred a decision to almost double the development charges that it currently imposes on new building permits. Readers of Building are probably cynical enough to expect little hope that Toronto, even with a…