"Was the Higher Learning Symposium an urban architecture seminar, or a couch session for the city of Toronto to get over its fear of heights?"
"According to the attending experts, other North American cities have learned to embrace highrises -- New Yorkers see them as their birthright, Chicagoans welcome the architectural statement. Vancouver has even established its own distinctive skyscraper design--a tall, thin tower on a low podium that has imitators around the world.
" 'We're at a bit of a watershed in Toronto; dealing with highrises represents a coming of age,' concedes the city's chief planner. So where does this leave Toronto? Kicking and screaming, all the way to the top floor."