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Kilgore Trout Nov 28, 2020 12:39 AM

I think people who aren't familiar with plexes tend to exaggerate how bad the outdoor staircases are in the winter. Most people put down a special kind of rug to give them more traction. It works well as long as you clear the snow. It's a lot less dangerous than walking down a hilly street in the winter.

They also make it way easier to move furniture and bulky objects compared to, for instance, old buildings in London or Amsterdam which have very steep, narrow staircases, but without as much room to manoeuvre because they're indoors. Quebec City is also like that because it has fewer outdoor staircases than Montreal.

As for the question about social interaction... as Martin said, it leads to a lot of friendly encounters with neighbours. People say hi, maybe they will stop and chat, but not necessarily. It's passively convivial. My experience is that people in Montreal are good at reading social cues and knowing their boundaries, so it's rare for people to be too chatty or overbearing, which is probably the result of having so many casual encounters with different people throughout the day. People here don't feel compelled to chat for no reason just because they're in the same physical space as somebody else.

Martin Mtl Nov 28, 2020 2:47 AM

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Originally Posted by Kilgore Trout (Post 9118937)
I think people who aren't familiar with plexes tend to exaggerate how bad the outdoor staircases are in the winter.

So true. Thanks for your concern guys, but we're fine.

MolsonExport Nov 28, 2020 5:47 PM

7 years out of date, but check out the eclectic density:
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3944/...9538fc1c_o.jpg
Hélico-34 by Guy Plante on Flickr

Landlocked:
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5612/...ab1d6125_o.jpg
Hélico-41 by Guy Plante on Flickr

someone123 Nov 28, 2020 6:47 PM

View toward Spring Garden Road and South End Halifax from, I think, one of the Nova Centre towers:

https://i.imgur.com/GFBI3qA.jpg
Source

WhipperSnapper Nov 28, 2020 6:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kilgore Trout (Post 9118937)
I think people who aren't familiar with plexes tend to exaggerate how bad the outdoor staircases are in the winter. Most people put down a special kind of rug to give them more traction. It works well as long as you clear the snow. It's a lot less dangerous than walking down a hilly street in the winter.


I did live on a second floor in Hull for a winter. It's a helluva lot nicer to be walking up the stairs indoors at minus 30. I'm a pampered Torontonian including my automatic transmission cars. Toronto salts and plows sidewalks. In Hull, you were expected to walk/drive on the frozen tundra. Acceptance boils down to your experiences. I'd probably feel differently if I grew up around these staircases too without experiencing the luxury of controlled environment. Who's going to be sitting on their porch in the depths of winter? I would chat up the neighbours all year round in the common area heading in and out of the apartment.

The outdoor stairs don't gobble leaseable/ sellable area. They are a cheapening no matter how much more they encourage social activity oppose to living in a threeplex with indoor halls and stairs.

Chadillaccc Nov 28, 2020 11:12 PM

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...7f3ed536_b.jpg
Olympic Plaza by Chadillaccc, on Flickr
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...1d0abc03_b.jpg
Merry Christmas by Chadillaccc, on Flickr
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...92f7438b_b.jpg
Empress Flora I by Chadillaccc, on Flickr

esquire Nov 28, 2020 11:28 PM

Great pics! I'd love to go for a skate at Olympic Plaza... those surroundings are beautiful.

suburbanite Nov 29, 2020 12:24 AM

Love the first pic with 3 of my favourite buildings front and center.

🌳🌱🌿🌴🍁 Nov 29, 2020 12:02 PM

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Originally Posted by suburbanite (Post 9119538)
Love the first pic with 3 of my favourite buildings front and center.

Agreed, nice angle of Telus Sky and the relationship/interaction of the three buildings.

Aerial photo of Winnipeg below is credited to Tracey Goncalves, published in Western Living Magazine a few years ago. At least this building is too big to demolish, unlike a beautiful old mansion just razed there.

https://i.postimg.cc/tThwXPTB/123747...87687669-o.jpg

Razor Nov 29, 2020 12:11 PM

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Originally Posted by MolsonExport (Post 9119291)
7 years out of date, but check out the eclectic density:
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3944/...9538fc1c_o.jpg.

This has to be one of best Montreal images I've seen on here!

giallo Nov 29, 2020 12:50 PM

^Agreed. It's stunning.

Chadillaccc Nov 29, 2020 8:04 PM

A gorgeous video of Telus Sky and downtown Calgary.


Video Link

The Great Scaper Nov 29, 2020 8:08 PM

A couple of Victoria photos I took from Mount Tolmie this week from, Looking south to Washington State.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...c2e4b2d4_b.jpgVictoria B.C. Canada skyline by thegreatscaper, on Flickr

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...9e5fd273_b.jpgVictoria B.C. Canada by thegreatscaper, on Flickr

and a couple from the previous week, taken from Hill Rock in Esquimalt

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...f51cffab_b.jpgVictoria B.C. Canada skyline by thegreatscaper, on Flickr

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...426ed321_b.jpgVictoria B.C. Canada by thegreatscaper, on Flickr

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...6e820803_b.jpgVictoria B.C. Canada... Skyline by thegreatscaper, on Flickr

Razor Dec 1, 2020 3:34 AM

I stumbled on this, so I thought I would post it here..It's basically highlighting Toronto's skyline throughout the decades.

https://www.blogto.com/city/2014/09/...Lr456uT_1GiSsY

davidivivid Dec 1, 2020 5:13 AM

https://scontent.fyhu2-1.fna.fbcdn.n...a7&oe=5FED552D



https://scontent.fyhu2-1.fna.fbcdn.n...76&oe=5FEA467F

https://www.facebook.com/stgmarchite...12655225458802

JHikka Dec 1, 2020 5:19 AM

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Originally Posted by The Great Scaper (Post 9119956)

Does Victoria have its own Claridge-type developer that Ottawa has? A few of these buildings look identical with similarly poor quality finishes. Victoria looks like it's getting big, though.

Martin Mtl Dec 1, 2020 1:59 PM

https://scontent.fymy1-1.fna.fbcdn.n...2a&oe=5FEBCFB4
Source: https://www.facebook.com/jfsavariaph...5729348178717/

MolsonExport Dec 1, 2020 2:42 PM

beauty^

TorontoDrew Dec 1, 2020 3:07 PM

Really nice, the last looks like a render.



paulwillyjean Dec 1, 2020 5:05 PM

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Originally Posted by FrAnKs (Post 9117883)
Yes indeed. Montcalm per example remind me alot of the Mile-end.
On the other hand, St-Jean-Bapstiste looks a bit more unique to Québec City...I don't remember anything like this in Montréal unless I am mistaking something...
https://www.google.com/maps/@46.8087...7i13312!8i6656

I've only seen this kind of street and built form in very specific parts of le Plateau and Centre-Sud.

https://goo.gl/maps/RdhzJbJPHx1J5A1Z7
https://goo.gl/maps/2CWXErfF8PaA6Ke38
https://goo.gl/maps/RA2caAGSat2QmU1B8
https://goo.gl/maps/Gw9Xx7TpQ3etMZSf9
https://goo.gl/maps/53YqDbKgiXPBcuLK7


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