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The Metropolis monstrosity

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I was forwarded this image of Metropolis posted on the Urban Toronto Forum. The complex will occupy the northeast corner of Yonge and Dundas, completing the final “wall” to the square. Words almost fail me — it makes my heart sink that the “heart of the city,” as promotion brochures describe Yonge-Dundas Square, is still undergoing the trashiest renovation Toronto has every seen. It still boggles my mind that people see this kind of development as a step towards a “world class city.” For a larger version of the above photo click here. Gotta love the NASCAR cars sitting on display at ground level.

If you wish to make a complaint to someone about this, email city councillor Kyle Rae’s office [ ]. He has been the biggest champion of this “revitalization.” Or call his office at 416-392-7903 to register your disgust. The outdoor advertising companies still have to get special sign variences from the downtown community council, so there is still a chance for your voice to be heard on this matter.