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An image from Frank Gehry’s designs for David Mirvish’s project to remake his properties at King Street West and John St. in Toronto. (Courtesy of Gehry International Inc.)
An image from Frank Gehry’s designs for David Mirvish’s project to remake his properties at King Street West and John St. in Toronto. (Courtesy of Gehry International Inc.)

You said it: Readers weigh in on Mirvish’s vision for Toronto’s entertainment district Add to ...

– Paul Ropel-Morski, Hamilton

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“I like the idea of a major facelift to the area. But does it have to be that tall and what about more green space?”

– Barry Lam, Toronto

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“I’m all for it as long as the complex’s street level integrates well with street life. I would hate to see another condo with no retail space on the main level take the place of the restaurants and shops along that strip. Wall-to-wall condos will curb pedestrian traffic and push people into their cars to shop and dine. The area is known as an entertainment hub and it would be a shame to see it transformed into a pure residential area. Just one block away, the night club district which drew many thousands to the area to dine and party is now filling up with condos whose owners complain about the noise! Many bought into a hip urban area vibe and now want it to become an urban “suburb.”

– Nick Bibassis, Toronto

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“Great cities all over the world are famous for their daring architecture, and Toronto should welcome a native son to create this masterpiece. Critics will no doubt decry this development as they always have with similar bold projects, but those voices often grow silent once a master architect’s vision takes hold in a city and elevates it! Please proceed with the endeavour.”

– Michael Bussiere, Ottawa

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“Yes, this is the bold vision that Toronto needs. I am ready to sacrifice elements of the current built stock of King West as long as this new project is stellar at giving back to the street and is committed to city building in innovative ways. I am excited that Toronto native Frank Gehry will design this major project, and that it will be one of his last big projects capping off a highly prominent career this century globally. He is a very important architect internationally. That makes this great for the new Toronto.”

– Peter Chin, Toronto

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“Frankly, I think they are too high by about 20 storeys, but the concept is fine with me. At the proposed height, the tops look as though they are about to fall off, as would the top of a tower of childrens’ blocks, when they get too high.”

– Neil Baird, Singhampton

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“I do not like the look of them, no elegance or grace, just a bunch of stuff piled on top of one another.”

– Glenn Brown, Toronto

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“Toronto needs bold visions of this kind, and ALSO the determination to preserve the best of what has already been built. There is no shortage of undistinguished buildings in downtown Toronto that would NOT be sorely missed if they were demolished to make way for the bold new visions.”

– Martin Gerwin, Toronto

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“The city needs to keep a lid on the cost of housing. Allowing housing supply to meet demand keeps prices down in a natural, organic manner that doesn’t involve complex, expensive and intrusive government policies and programs.”

– Donald McHattie, Toronto

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“I wish we had people who could and would execute a vision like that in Vancouver instead of being infected by too many NIMBYists (Not In My Back Yard) and lovers of copied glass boxes stuck at 30 storeys. One of the things that has helped transform Toronto into a true global destination, compared with its so-so status in the 1980/90s, is fantastic architecture. I say go for it! Who needs another old underperforming theatre space when a fantastic new magnet of dynamism can replace it? Why not go for 90 or 100 storeys with one tower? Embrace the 21st Century!”

– Paul Schellenberg, Vancouver

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“It’s a better use of space than what is there currently. We have to build up in Toronto, as so many people want to live in the city, this is how cities progress.”

– Barry Bruce, Toronto

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“Just the kind of vision Toronto needs!!! One more step toward being world class. Unfortunate that the city still can’t solve the vision and plan for transit to support such great ideas. One step forward and two back because of the lack of an advanced and integrated transit vision.”

– Richard Kunow, Oakville

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