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Part 4: How Not to Miss The RER Opportunity

As transformative as the RER can be, its potential is not treated accordingly by the media or the government organizations. Subway projects like the Relief Line or the potential extension of Line 1 to Richmond Hill, and even the Eglinton Crosstown project, which is an

Part 3: How to Make the Most of the RER?

Because of these differences in access to the stations, the RER supports a very different type of urban structure than a subway does. The stations are far apart, but the high speed of travel means it is easy to travel between stations across a large

Part 2: How to Tie the RER Station to its Area?

How is the RER Different from a Subway? While the RER will provide frequent all-day service similar to the subway, the two are different and support different urban structures. The general principle of a subway/metro is that the stations are within walking distance for most

Part 1: What is the GO RER

The RER Potential – and How Not to Miss it In recent years, the province has undertaken a project that has the potential to reshape the Greater Toronto Area. The Regional Express Rail (RER) will convert GO Rail from a network that has limited use

Just Who Can Afford Real Estate in Toronto and Vancouver?

By: Penelope Graham, Zoocasa   It’s not a new narrative that Canada’s largest urban housing markets have been plagued by eroding affordability. However, a new set of data that pits income tax filings against home prices reveals just how financially steep homeownership can be; even

How Does Condo Density Impact the Value of Other Home Types?

By: Penelope Graham, Zoocasa   The City of Toronto is often referred to as a “city of neighbourhoods”, a moniker that came about following its 1998 amalgamation, which saw a cluster of boroughs transform into the existing Mega City. The result is a patchwork of

Balconies that People will Actually Use

It’s incredibly difficult to sell a unit without a balcony — an outdoor space to enjoy with friends and family is at the top of many buyers’ wish lists. But too often balconies are poorly designed and end up being little more than outdoor storage

King Street, Toronto / Jaffa Street, Jerusalem

Today Toronto started the King Street Transit Pilot, eliminating through-traffic on a section of King Street to allow the streetcars move more quickly. Although the project was scaled down from the ambitious fully pedestrianized King Street to only limits on through-traffic, we still think it’s

Part 01: Mid-rise Buildings That Work – The Guidelines

Written by: Misha Bereznyak and Josh Papernick Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo. Map of streets designated as Avenues A few years ago, the city of Toronto came up with a new initiative