Last week I wrote about Toronto’s plan to make fourplexes as-of-right across the city, but also why this form of missing middle housing shouldn’t have a maximum floor space index. Today, let’s look at the numbers in a bit more detail. If you look at… Read More
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Thickets of haphazardly planned condo towers
I couldn’t sleep last night, so I got up and pulled out an old issue of Monocle magazine from my nightstand. I then stumbled upon the following article by Taras Grescoe. What really stood out for me was this line: “Thickets of haphazardly planned condo… Read More
Enhancement Zones: The mid-rise performance standard that didn’t make the cut
I’ve written a lot about mid-rise development on this blog and elsewhere. I recently wrote this post responding to a tweet by the Chief Planner of Toronto. And towards the end of last year, I wrote a longer piece for developer Urban Capital’s annual magazine.… Read More
What’s in a neighborhood?
When I was working on my startup Dirt last year, one of the things we spent a bit of time figuring out was how to classify buildings according to neighborhood. Now, at first blush, this may seem like a fairly easy thing to do. You simply locate… Read More
I’d raise kids in an apartment
One of the North American truisms that I often like to challenge is the belief that kids should be raised in a house. I’m interested in this topic, not because I’m planning for a kid, but because Toronto has gone through such a dramatic transformation… Read More
Get to know Riverside | Dirt.
Whatever you do, don’t call it Leslieville. It’s Riverside. Spanning 10 blocks along Queen Street East from the Don Valley Parkway to Degrassi Street, this part of town often gets rolled up into the hyped Leslieville neighbourhood. But they’re not one in the same. Formerly known as Queen Broadview Village, Riverside is a small neighbourhood within the larger South Riverdale precinct. But what it may lack in size, it certainly makes up for in terms of culture and history.