Comment 122636

By JasonL (registered) | Posted March 20, 2018 at 13:20:13 in reply to Comment 122632

agree with all of this, except for the last paragraph. As a downtown resident, I really believe that more residents and more housing units is best for us, as well as him.
I def agree with your final sentence tho.... we need to demand great architecture, and even better street presence. I've complained for years about the awful sidewalk interaction in Hamilton's few new builds downtown. Part of the problem always seems to be that residents at public meetings are salivating over shaving off 5 or 10 storeys of height, and completely ignoring the street level.
I'm pleased to see us develop some street level standards.

I don't however, agree with the need for podiums and setbacks 100$% of the time. As fantastic as Vancouver is, let's be honest, eventually all the streets blend together with the identical podiums and identical glass colour.

I finally decided last fall when I was there that I much prefer the built form of Toronto. Lots of old brick, lots of modern skyscrapers, some great podiums, but a lot of different, interesting design. Vancouver was starting to feel to cookie cutter IMO

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