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View Poll Results: Who has the most of them all?
Vaughan 13 25.00%
Mississauga 5 9.62%
Okotoks 3 5.77%
Milton 2 3.85%
Edmonton 8 15.38%
Calgary 5 9.62%
London 10 19.23%
Oakville 0 0%
Toronto 3 5.77%
Airdrie 2 3.85%
Laval 1 1.92%
Brossard 0 0%
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The Big Box Capital Of Canada!

Similarly to the Commieblock Capital Of Canada thread, the horrendousness of Big Box Power Centre's fill our landscapes. Here are your contenders!
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I voted for London because they probably have the most big box/power centre/smart centres per capita. It's really obscene, and they wonder why the downtown area is deserted.
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I voted for London because they probably have the most big box/power centre/smart centres per capita. It's really obscene, and they wonder why the downtown area is deserted.
The worst is the BlunderLand (Wonderland) Power Centre
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The worst is the BlunderLand (Wonderland) Power Centre
There is a deserted mall on Wonderland too, the Westmount Centre. London was at the forefront of huge malls back when they were in vogue. Westmount was one of four mega malls in London (others are/were White Oaks, The Galleria and Masonville). Back in the 90s, they tore down about half the downtown to build an even bigger mall where the current arena is (whatever it's called now, used to be the John Labatt Centre). Thankfully they didn't go ahead with it, because it would have failed worse than the Galleria did.
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That Vaughan example actually has a development application in to turn it into a community of about 10,000 people:



Personally I would say Brampton is king. Easily the most truely suburban area in the GTA from built form.

Vaughan is king of the suburban industrial park though. It’s shocking how much of that type of product exists there and they are still building it in droves around the 427 Extension.
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That pic of Vaughan is a nightmare.
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Vaughan was definitely king 10 years ago. Their main big box area, in that photo, has started converting to condos surprisingly quickly though since the subway was extended there.

That stretch of highway is probably the craziest arterial road in the country though. 8 vehicle lanes, 2 bus lanes, double left turn lanes, a centre median barrier, and a right turn lane. It’s a road on steroids if I’ve ever seen one. Reminds me of the super large arterial roads you see in Florida.
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Laval?
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See also the Soul-sucking Canada thread that I created a couple of years ago: http://www.skyscraperpage.com/forum/...d.php?t=232640

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Even though I refer to it as the miltonization of the universe, London is an egregious example of big box barf banality gone bonkers.
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Laval?
Seriously - No Laval?
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Seriously - No Laval?
Yeah, Laval deserves a place here.
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Ottawa's Train Yards is the biggest offender in the capital, a stone's throw from downtown, with the Confederation Line cross VIA Rail tracks.


https://www.shopping-canada.com/shop...wa-train-yards

Le Plateau in Gatineau, a neighbourhood built over the last 20 years consisting of hundreds of repetitive 3 storey condo walk-ups surrounded by their own sea of parking. Possibly named for the density of Montreal's Le Plateau, but fails miserably when it comes to honouring the spirit of the original.
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I didn't vote because it's not a fair comparison and not national. You are comparing actual cities with places that are nothing but suburbs. Also there are 2 provinces represented.
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Ottawa's Train Yards is the biggest offender in the capital, a stone's throw from downtown, with the Confederation Line cross VIA Rail tracks.


https://www.shopping-canada.com/shop...wa-train-yards

Le Plateau in Gatineau, a neighbourhood built over the last 20 years consisting of hundreds of repetitive 3 storey condo walk-ups surrounded by their own sea of parking. Possibly named for the density of Montreal's Le Plateau, but fails miserably when it comes to honouring the spirit of the original.
I would have thought that the string of power centres on Innes in Orleans is at least as big an offender as TrainYards.
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Yes sorry I forgot to include Laval. I formally request for someone with the power to do so to add Laval.
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Malls are dying. They aren't being built anymore, but a big one was actually built in Vaughan very recently, Vaughan Mills. Other very large malls and their department stores somehow still survive and have yet to be converted to power centres in Mississauga, Brampton, Laval, Scarborough, North York... I would argue that these places have resisted big box development a lot better than a lot of other places in Canada.
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[URL="https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Plateau,+Gatineau,+QC/@45.4350608,-75.7799158,968m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x4cce03aaa50ec37f:0xeb4e58d2b03dfbc4!8m2!3d45.4383595!4d-75.7841013?hl=en-GB"
Le Plateau[/URL] in Gatineau, a neighbourhood built over the last 20 years consisting of hundreds of repetitive 3 storey condo walk-ups surrounded by their own sea of parking. Possibly named for the density of Montreal's Le Plateau, but fails miserably when it comes to honouring the spirit of the original.
Behind it is this hideous church of Ugly Canada fame!
https://www.google.ca/maps/@45.43614...i8192?hl=en-GB
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