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Unbuilt Toronto: A History of the City That Might Have Been

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Unbuilt Toronto explores never-realized building projects in and around Toronto, from the city’s founding to the twenty-first century. Delving into unfulfilled and largely forgotten visions for grand public buildings, landmark skyscrapers, highways, subways, and arts and recreation venues, it outlines such ambitious schemes as St. Alban's Cathedral, the Queen subway line a

Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 27th 2008 by Dundurn (first published January 1st 2008)
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Scott Munden
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the first in an excellent series that addresses the "should haves, could haves, and would haves" in relation to cities (in this edition's case Toronto). The modals of opportunities addressed by Osbaldeston's history series are fascinating and the decisions (mostly event-driven) that go into building cities are intriguing, thought provoking and suggest that we don't always learn the lessons from our past.

In some ways the series mirrors our own tendencies to indulge in reveries concerning
Teena in Toronto
Jul 04, 2012 rated it liked it
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If you've ever wondered what Toronto could have looked like had some of the projects gone through, then this is the book for you. Things like the waterfront would have looked so different. The ScotiaPlaza might never have been. Can you imagine a downtown with Old City Hall? How about a community that was built on water down by the Island Airport?
Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Absolutely fascinating, at least if you're a Torontonian with an interest in history and architecture, which I am. I do wish there was more about a lot of the things in this book, but clearly I'll have to go read some other books about Toronto history now! I think this was the first time I've ever stayed up late reading non-fiction, not because it was thrilling, just so interesting!
Jun 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
A pretty decent look at some of the things around Toronto that were planned but never built, or built to a different design. I think my favourite is Harbour City, a proposal for a jumble of residential and commercial spaces on little islands in place of the current island airport.
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Mark Osbaldeston has written and spoken extensively on Toronto's architectural and planning history. His first book, "UNBUILT TORONTO: A History of the City that Might Have Been," was the basis for an exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum, was a finalist for the Toronto Book Awards, and received a Heritage Toronto Award of Merit.
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