I'm thinking of the "Butterfly Effect" as I begin to type this entry. It may be an exaggerated example of what I mean, but it's amazing to think how differently the city of Toronto would be had some of these projects come to fruition. I'd like to give my "two cents" on a few of these....
Ballet Opera - although I'm not a huge fan of the architecture of the building, that would have completely changed the Bay/Wellesley pocket. I can't even imagine how different that area would be today had that project pushed forward.
Eaton Centre Towers - I'm glad that these didn't happen. Not that I'm opposed to office towers or high rise construction, but demolishing old City Hall would have been disappointing. I don't frequent the interior of the building now, but the exterior is pretty cool.
Harbour City - Wow. It's amazing to see the proposals and how different the waterfront could have been. It is similar to a proposal by FREED developments a couple of years ago and an attempt to revitalize our terribly designed waterfront. Both were overlooked for numerous reasons, but at least people are trying to reshape this amazing asset that we have abused with poor development over the years.
Project Toronto - Really? A 20 storey pyramid? "Happy" is an adjective that can't describe how pleased I am that this project didn't get off the ground.
Queen Street Subway Line - Yeah, I wish this did happen. Streetcars on Queen and King are brutal and not ideal during peak traffic times and this will only get worse with time.