In Toronto, Height is Secondary

...to the intensification of uses and street-level interaction, at least. Christopher Hume provides readers with the leading viewpoints on the matter at "Too Tall?", an ongoing exhibit on Toronto's "fear of heights."

"Given widespread antipathy to highrise, the councillors' desire to keep buildings short is obviously intended to keep ward voters happy. Even though Toronto's Official Plan envisions towers on the 'avenues' - main streets - for many residents height remains problematic.

Besides, Toronto and every other community in the province exists in the shadow of the Ontario Municipal Board, the quasi-judicial body that has final say over development for more than a century. It can - and has - overruled compromise solutions that have been years in the works."

Full Story: Hume: Future looking up for tall buildings?

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