Originally Posted by WhipperSnapper
^^I'm shock by your suggestion that extra tall buildings should take precedent over this culturally significant public meeting place as you even admit more shadows would not be pretty. As if a few extra metres would make any difference to the CBD skyline.
The thing that annoys me is that there are so many "special locations" around the core restricting height that I'm not even sure there are many places left to build tall (200m+), aside from a small handful of known locations. (e.g. parking lot east of the ACC, parking lot at Front & Simcoe, the two big parking garages near Y&B)
Everything east of Yonge is essentially off limits because it's a either a low-rise historic district, too close to Ryerson University, or oh-so-precious single-family Victorian houses. The rest is already built up with residential. Even those empty lots east of Yonge that are well placed in mid-rise areas have a gaggle of old churches around them that I'm sure are allergic to shadows. I'm actually shocked that Spire was allowed to go as high as it was.
Everything to the west of Simcoe is subject to that asinine tapering policy (not to mention the protections on the warehouse district that canned Theatre Park) which will ensure nothing else over 200m is ever built, aside from Ritz and Signature Tower.
Anything built on the north side of the CBD just south of Queen will cast shadows on NPS, and anything north of City Hall and east of Bay can't be tall enough to overwhelm City Hall - I don't know - for postcard reasons or something.
The Y-B core is equally straitjacketed. You've got low-rise Yorkville and Rosedale Valley on the north, U of T campus and Queen's Park sight-lines on the west, and everything to the south and east is already built up with 60s-era commie slab crap and more of those untouchable single-family houses, not to mention rabid St. Nicholas NIMBYs.
I think the only place where there's really room to grow is south of the Gardiner. My one big fear is that anything really tall proposed close to the water will appear almost as big as the CN Tower from the islands, and God knows we can't have something like that ruin our pre-conceived notion of what our postcards should look like.
Anyway, I personally don't mind shadows in the city. In Manhattan you never see the sun, and I love it.