rufus96

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About rufus96

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    Exiled Montrealer in Toronto plotting my return
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  1. Don't love it. Don't hate it. Better than the original proposal.
  2. I'm with @MartinMtl on this one. If the application for the building permit (which is a more advanced step in project development than the CCU) is asking for 202m (which is my understanding of the document), and the building permit is granted, then they're locked in and confirmed at 202m.
  3. I wouldn't hold Mississauga up as a model of urbanity, but in all honesty the contrast of towers and mall and homes is far more interesting than just subdivisions of single family homes. Considering Hurontario (the street with most of the towers) is getting its own LRT system, the high density isn't inappropriate. Greater Toronto has developed into a large, quasi-decentralized, poly-nodal metropolitan area so it makes sense to have different residential and commercial/office clusters, especially considering how difficult it can be to commute downtown from the suburbs. Keeping in mind that the GTA is bounded by a lake along its entire southern front, it only has a 180 degree radius in which to grow, so it will inevitably sprawl further than a city/region with 360 degrees to develop. As such, creating dense clusters to support growth (and there are many of them with 'Sauga being the largest) is the logical way to go.
  4. More than likely, the windows will have a reflective coating typical of residential high rise glazing for privacy, heat gain etc., so while the glass colour is technically "clear," the tower will reflect its surroundings.
  5. Well... The Junction is pretty cool... But Verdun is 10x better.
  6. The brain drain has slowed but it's still a thing - particularly in the world of finance, where opportunities and salaries are just typically greater elsewhere. It is what it is. Not sure I'd use Vancouver as a good example of where people are heading though (lower salaries, higher costs, even fewer HQ jobs). Negative interprovincial migration has slowed somewhat over the past 5 years which is certainly a good sign. Montreal has to continue to build on its startup culture to create the next batch of large companies. It's not as if the big 5 banks (and the cluster of associated finance firms) are going to move their top jobs back, so the only way to go is grow our own companies and create those types of jobs/opportunities from within. The economy is slowly shifting to a different, more flexible model of entrepreneurship. Montreal seems to have understood this earlier than some of its peer cities and has gotten in on the relative ground floor, which bodes well. The article reads as though Montreal is some type of middling city. The word "medium sized" was used to describe it. In my opinion, this isn't the correct mindset. A big part of this game is branding and reputation. Cities smaller than us openly brand themselves as "global" and Montreal needs to be doing everything it can to reach a larger audience with the message that we're not just a good city to visit and watch a concert in, we're not just a good city to live affordably in, we're a good city to start and conduct business in. If not, we won't be taken seriously. I was walking in Downtown Toronto last summer and Tourisme Montréal was running its campaign "Montreal, Never Grow Up,' by spray painting giant poutines on the ground etc. I get that tourism dollars are big dollars, and this is just an anecdotal example, but you have to ask yourself - what do other people see us as? Little Europe? Las Vegas North? I'm kind of tired of that S**t the same way I'm tired of encountering drunk college students from Boston on a Saturday night. You want to play in the big leagues, you need to have a big league mentality.
  7. For every non-data based survey that puts Montreal in the global top 10, there's one that puts us out of the top 50. Always nice to see us get some positive press, but not sure this a study worth gushing over.
  8. C'est pas aussi simple que d'avoir vendu autant d'unités pour financer le projet. Il faut aussi que la ville fournisse les permis requises (permis de démolition, permis de construction etc.) avant que le promoteur puisse déclencher la construction.
  9. It should be pointed out that wage growth in Quebec has been the highest in Canada over the last year by quite a wide margin and has been trending above the Canadian average for some years. We certainly still have work to do, but I'm not under the impression that we're falling further behind - I think we're in the midst of making up ground.
  10. Les villes américaines se classent plus haut à cause de la puissance relative du dollar américain, comparé a le notre.
  11. I'm inclined to agree with @_mtler_ on this one. This is one of the most exciting building projects in Montreal right now, so I'm not sure why they would want to leave the thread, especially seeing how announcements/possible renders for this project are most likely forthcoming. The forum has other threads dedicated to discussing Mount Royal / the height limit for the exact reason that _mtler_ is pointing out.
  12. Voici la liste de la commission de topoymie. http://www.toponymie.gouv.qc.ca/ct/toponymie-municipale/gentiles/lesgentilesliste.aspx?liste=tout Quelqu'un qui habite à Côte-des-Neige s'appelle un Côte-des-Neigien ou une Côte-des-Neigienne. Et pour les habitants de Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (represent!), nous sommes des NDGer.
  13. I'm all for one Canadiens logo... but 3 (and who knows maybe more)? Seems like a way to market a brand and sell a few extra units to me.
  14. I would suggest ensuring that Montreal remains relatively affordable, as I think that's one of our best objective competitive advantages in terms of attracting and retaining talent. A lot of cities offer good opportunities combined with a good quality of life. It's somewhat subjective in that regard. But many other cities are ridiculously expensive to live in to the point where the amenities they offer just aren't good enough to justify the cost of living. Let's make sure Montreal doesn't go down that path.
  15. Very doubtful to see this built any time soon. This "Ontario Line" is a power play by the Ford government that mostly scrapped the work The City had already done on the Downtown Relief Line. Highly unlikely Ford will be around by the estimated groundbreaking date of 2027 (no-chance), as he's polling lower than a party with no leader (Liberals). So when the next regime inevitably gets in, tout sera à refaire.