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  1. It's funny because NFLD's debt of 15B (think that's what I read) is quite small in absolute terms compared to other provinces. I'm no expert, but my feeling is that Quebec could absorb it without too much difficulty. The debt is only massive when put into per capita terms as NFLD's population is 530,000 and declining constantly.
  2. I mean, yes, it is factual and non editorial. You've even provided supporting statistics. I suppose it came across with a negative connotation, as I feel that the "rich are getting richer" comment usual does. That said, reactions tend to be knee-jerkish. I will assume that I have misinterpreted the nature of your original comment and will happily retract my protest downvote
  3. Just so there's no passive-aggressive confusion: I downvoted your comment. This is a public university and believe me, many of the facilities and equipment reflect that. Always fun to do labs with broken beakers. The lovely stone buildings get very cold in the winter and very hot in the summer because they're not properly insulated and have inadequate ventilation. Just some of my experiences from 10 years ago, but I digress. Like it or not, McGill is one of Montreal's most reputable institutions on the world stage. As such it creates growth and attracts and works to retain talent for our city. This donation is excellent news.
  4. I know it's a long shot, but my fingers are firmly crossed that the developer will push for a 220m tower and the city will accept it given that this site is in the centre of the skyline and can offer a signature tower. Given that we will soon have 8 towers between 180m and 205m, it would be nice to break the self-imposed plateau, even by a bit. In exchange for the added height, the developer can suggest building or contributing to a park or an amenity that the city wants to fund.
  5. rufus96

    Expos coming back?

    I mean, I doubt they would announce publicly if they were contemplating relocation or a sale of a team to outside owners, which may very well be the case. Good chance with this news, attendance will dip even further. Hard to see them sticking around for 8 more years at less than 10,000 fans/game just to honour the lease.
  6. rufus96

    750 Peel - 23, 23 étages

    Looks like the leasing team for these towers is pushing hard. Honestly, lack of height aside, I find the ground level presence to be half decent and resolutely modern.
  7. Hurts to read this every time, but nonetheless, very true. I love this rumour and want to encourage members to continue to share information with the forum. I do think we need to temper our expectations on this one. I will be very happy if a big-5, particularly BMO, becomes an anchor tenant in a new office building, even the Quad Windsor stubby twins. In fairness, no one really calls TD Toronto Dominion Bank anymore either. The cover up would have been if they had changed their name to First Canadian Bank, something they considered in the 70s when they relocated their head office.
  8. Gotta love an ad for apartments in the heart of downtown that feature views of downtown (LA)... in the distance.
  9. That drop off is quite pronounced. That said, my understanding is that it's actually quite deliberate and perhaps underappreciated. As I understand it, the early downtown Montreal masterplans deliberately allowed for two skyscraper corridors - one along R.-L. and the other (albeit shorter one) along De Maisonneuve. This is to avoid a cluster effect that would cast shadows on lower built streets situated South of the highrises, especially Ste. Catherine and to a lesser extent Sherbrooke and what's left of the Golden Square Mile. Just judging by how many skylines are "clustered" in form, typically radiating out from key intersections, I don't think too many other cities had this kind of vision, agree or disagree with it.
  10. Pour l'hauteur de la tour, c'est le niveau de l'immeuble à l'entrée la plus basse jusqu'à la finition architecturale la plus élevée (soit le toit, un parapet, une courrone, une flèche etc).
  11. I'm not the one who downvoted you, but perhaps I can shed some light as to why geodetic heights are used on architectural drawings. Typically, when going through the planning and approval stages for a project, you'll need to go through site plan approval with the city and various related authorities. They will need to see the project's site plan relating to a survey. Surveys typically provide site levels measured with respect to a datum - "0," which is sea level, and is fairly universal. This helps avoid confusion. If you can establish the level of your building with respect to a universally recognized datum, then you can easily extrapolate the building height from it. I wouldn't say that this practice is lacking in rigor. It's very much the standard. Other disciplines (civil engineers etc.) will also typically use this information. It makes coordination between disciplines that contribute to designing a building much, much easier. It's also important to realize that sites are very rarely flat, so the building will in fact have multiple different heights, and they need to relate back to the original "0" datum. I can't comment on the confusion with respect to this project, but the above is my two cents based on my experience in architectural practice.
  12. Really, any bank expanding their presence in any city is excellent news of the holidays have come early variety. I'm not too preoccupied with what tower they would end up in so long as Montreal's stature as a financial centre is reinforced and expanded.
  13. Je ne pense pas qu'une dynamique linguistique soit au coeur de ce débat, mais en tout cas, VMR n'est pas une ville majoritairement anglophone (légère majorité francophone dans une communauté tres bilingue): royal&SearchType=Begins&SearchPR=01&B1=All
  14. Oui, à peu près. J'ai jeté un coup d'oeil à Google Earth - PVM se trouve à +/- 38m au dessus du niveau de la mer. Sachant que le Mont Royal est de 232.5m au dessus du niveau de la mer, on pourrait permettre une tour de +/- 195m max.
  15. Imaginez s'ils nous donnent 4 petites tours de 80m chaque? Juste pour nous 'troller." J'attends quelque chose d'une cinquantaine d'étages et de 185m de haut, sachant qu'en raison du niveau du terrain part rapport au Mont Royal, la hauteur maximale est de ~190m.