GREATER TORONTO TECH #’S – $52-BILLION ANNUAL REVENUE; 168,000 EMPLOYEES; 15,000 COMPANIES

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<MaRS, College Street at University Avenue>

TORONTO is no slouch when it comes to the tech scene.  In fact this city is now #3 in North America, behind only Silicon Valley and New York City.  Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Kik, Shopify and HootSuite – all well-known – have offices in the GTA. Start-ups, Up-starts and Started-up firms have plenty of co-working spaces to choose from in TORONTO, including BrightLane, WorkPlaceOne, the MaRS Discovery District & Ryerson University’s DMZ.

A view of the Waterfront Innovation Centre looking southeast from Queens Quay Blvd. East <Menkes Developments Ltd.; CNW Group/Waterfront Toronto>

  A diverse population, multiple languages spoken, some of Canada’s top universities, a young educated workforce (57% under the age of 45), and schools such as BrainStation help prepare students for careers in development, design, digital marketing and other tech areas.

Ryerson University’s Centre for Urban Innovation (CUI), under construction on Gerrard St. E., will be a research, incubation & commercialization hub focused on solutions to urban infrastructure issues. CUI will feature 40,000 square feet of space for faculty and students researching alternative energy, water management, food production and data analytics. Architects – Moriyama & Teshima

TORONTO is very much in the tech business.

WE CAN’T SAVE THEM ALL – THIS BUILDING ON COLLEGE ST. @ HURON WILL SOON BE GONE FOREVER

I remember the College Variety corner store near the University of Toronto for a plaque beside the front door.  It was created by SUNG EUN KIM & CHANYOUNG PARK, June/2011

Rather than lift your voice
in a thousand laments
at the encroaching darkness,
light a single candle!

<From ‘Courage’ by Daisaku Ikeda>

EATON CENTRE TO HUDSON’S BAY PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE IS NOW IN PLACE ABOVE QUEEN ST. W.

Marking the 40th anniversary of the TORONTO Eaton Centre, a sparkling new pedestrian bridge went up on the weekend. Spanning Queen Street West, the overpass was designed by British architectural firm WilkinsonEyre and connects the famous shopping centre with Saks Fifth Avenue and the Hudson’s Bay department store.

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ALEXANDER AT YONGE STREET – IS THIS ENOUGH DEVELOPMENT OR MORE THAN ENOUGH?

Folks who live in the downtown district between Carlton and Alexander Streets must be wondering how much more development their neighbourhood can take.

Small shops and businesses are disappearing overnight; the former Westbury (now a Marriott) is about to come down; elderly high-rises are being replaced by new ones; the famous St. Charles clocktower & what’s beneath it may soon bite the dust; and so on.

<404-484 Yonge Street – 38-storey tower proposed>

<475 Yonge Street – 65 and 45-storey towers with a 5-storey base proposed>

<2 Carlton Street – two 72-storey buildings with a 7-storey base proposed>

<YC condos (Yonge & College), 460 Yonge Street, 66-storeys under construction>

<501 Yonge Street – 52 & 25-storey condo buildings called The Teahouse are now under construction>

A ‘WHOPPER’ DOWNTOWN TORONTO PENTHOUSE IS UP-FOR-SALE AT A ‘WHOPPER’ PRICE

For sale a four-bedroom, 9,000 square-foot penthouse apartment in the heart of TORONTO’s Yorkville, with four separate terraces, 24-hour concierge service and it’s own elevator. Ready to move in. Its owners have begun divorce procedures.

The penthouse is on top of the 55-storey Four Seasons Private Residences Tower. But don’t get your hopes up. It’s on the market for $36-million.

WE’RE GETTING A SMART, NEW BRIDGE TO CELEBRATE THE EATON CENTRE’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY

British architectural firm WilkinsonEyre has designed a new pedestrian bridge, connecting the TORONTO Eaton Centre with Saks Fifth Avenue and the Hudson’s Bay deparment store. It should be in place by this coming fall.

WilkinsonEyre has done projects around the world. The IKEA Museum in Sweden and Guangzhou’s Financial Centre are two of them.  <RENDERINGS – CFEaton Centre>