Jason Paris



January, 2023

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Commented on Engage East Harbour 7 months, 4 weeks ago
Cadillac Fairview just doesn't get it. Saving the soap factory would at least be a gesture that they understand why people want this area (THEIR AREA) to be successful.
Supported a comment by Paula Virany on Engage East Harbour 7 months, 4 weeks ago
Paula Virany
The destruction of the Unilever Soap Factory has made this site much uglier and robbed it of its initial charm before Cadillac Fairview brought the project. Government officials talk about the Manhattanization of Toronto. But Manhattan has old brownstones, historic museums (the Frick, the Met, and simple things like the Meat Packing District) that give Manhattan a feeling of history, character and soul. It is a sad failure that the Unilever Soap Factory is not being kept in the design in some way -- even if it is just a facade that is kept. The original plans had charm. Cadillac Fairview's plans lack design and instead have a lot of cement. I understand that Cadillac Fairview wants to maximize profit -- that's okay -- I believe in the free market. But if we continue to build without history and charm will we achieve the Manhattanization of Toronto? Or the Calcutta-ization of Toronto? Even modern Kolkata is 40% slum. Don't throw out history. It is the author of the charm and soul of a city. Shame on Cadillac-Fairview.
Commented on Engage East Harbour 8 months, 1 week ago
The fact that CF can't do this and won't do this says everything. They aren't building a successful neighbourhood, they are taking the path of least resistance.
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Supported a comment by Matthew Hill on Engage East Harbour 8 months, 1 week ago
Matthew Hill
Hi, project will be stronger if the hertage industrial elements ofthe soap factory and the associated building just east of the soap factory are retained. You want a mix of new and old buildings. Clearing the site of these buildings will make the development a lot less interesting. Retaining the industrial heritage buildings will make the project stronger by creating visual interest.