Saturday, June 13, 2009

PDP #55: Future Site of Bloor Square?

The other day, Randy MacDonald at A Bit More Detail wrote about the extraordinary scar in the cityscape at One Bloor East, where Kazakh development giant Bazis International plans to build an eighty-storey mixed-use condominium tower, because god knows Toronto doesn't have enough of them already. Plans for this came down in the happy days before the economy bottomed out, and the site was demolished and cleared by last December.

Not much has happened since then, and it seems as if the raging fists of the recession may scupper the plans for One Bloor East entirely. A story by Christopher Hume in today's Star echoes my own opinion on the site, that it should be transformed into a northern reflection of Dundas Square, an open public space.

We've already got enough goddamn towers.

Here, though, is what the site looked in May 2008, before everything that was there already came down.

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