That’s going to be something very special

Posted on September 22nd, 2009 4 great comments. Room for one more!

At first I thought I was just being a little too sensitive to the sight of construction cranes. After all, they’re not unlike beaky, disciplinarian public school teachers with their exaggerated snoot in every page of last night’s incomplete homework. Then the reading glasses come off and that evil scowl emerges. “Can you explain this, Patrick?” *shudder*

But that’s not it. There really is a lot of construction going on. In just about every direction you turn, there’s a cross educator:

if you squint and tilt your head maybe?

Okay, well, the big ones are more like a cross. And angrier. For example:

the lightbox ... of doom!!

That’s is the TIFF / Bell Lightbox, kitty-corner from where this year’s TIFFery took place. I think it’s designed to loom ominously like that.  It certainly doesn’t yet scream “film festival!!” to me.

Not all construction hangs over the city like the cold face of death, though. Take Trump Tower, for example:

the best, most luxurious, most glamorous, most decadent tower in the history of mankind, ever.

Nice lid, right? And what does The Donald have to say about his new erection?

“The thing that excites me most is the architecture. Secondly, I believe that the location of this building by itself will make it very successful. So you have a combination of great location and great architecture—and that’s going to be something very special.”

Sure is, Donald. It’s a winning formula: Donald TrumpExcitement ® + location = oodles of cash

Secondly, I hope that’s what he means by “special”.

Anyhow, these are just a couple of the more interesting taller buildings. There are many more, including ones that aren’t so tall:

the sore thumb of petulance

I don’t think I’d be exaggerating if I said that between any two main intersections, you’d find at least two large construction sites.

I was going to stop the post here without any real point, as I am wont to do. But as I was flipping through the news over an especially messy lunch today (I must omit the details), I found a Toronto Star article about office vacancies and how they’re linked to unemployment. It deftly reveals how all this new office space is opening downtown — I can attest to that! — followed up with unemployment statistics. Get it? Those buildings are stealing our jobs!

I knew it — now it’s cranes and immigrant buildings. And Trump’s mixed in with all this too.

(Sorry about that last link. Have to keep it up as a bleak reminder never to drink and blog again.)

4 Comments on “ That’s going to be something very special ”

  • Greenearth
    September 22nd, 2009 10:28 pm

    Wish they would all go sustainable instead of just keeping on building, building. We only have so much earth.

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  • Patrick
    September 23rd, 2009 7:07 pm

    But you have to admit, Greenearth, it's better to build bigger density in an already urban area rather than to chop down forests or rip up farmland. Seeing trees cut down and every living thing in an area destroyed upsets me. Seeing a parking lot razed, not so much.

    Or were you referring to the population debate? Whatever happened to that anyway? Did people stop having sex or something?

  • MegaMan The Madman
    September 23rd, 2009 8:54 am

    Well its refreshing to know that at Donald's age he can still get an erection…

    Does he have to take anything?

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  • Patrick
    September 23rd, 2009 7:12 pm

    Well its refreshing to know that at Donald's age he can still get an erection… Does he have to take anything?

    Haha! Donald? The only thing he takes is his money. All the way to the bank. With a boner.

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