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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #1250 on: September 19, 2021, 10:38:11 AM »

The Highway 427 extension had opened yesterday
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #1251 on: September 19, 2021, 11:09:10 AM »

I filmed a video of the 427 extension that opened yesterday:

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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #1252 on: September 19, 2021, 08:39:47 PM »

I filmed a video of the 427 extension that opened yesterday:


Very cool video. :)   I also saw then Major Mackenzie Drive got some realignements here and there on these satellite shots. https://satellites.pro/Canada_map#E43.823023,-79.651544,15
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #1253 on: September 20, 2021, 09:40:07 PM »

I filmed a video of the 427 extension that opened yesterday:


Thanks for posting that!  Was able to nail down the exit numbers for TM, including seeing that the ON-409 & Derry Road exits now have exit numbers posted too (at least on one BGS for each)! :)  And that 409 exit number (@ 1:46 of the video) is very new too, as StreetView from Aug '21 doesn't even show it yet!
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #1254 on: September 22, 2021, 12:24:33 PM »

The exit number tabs didn't start getting installed until about the labour day long weekend.

I'm not sure when exit numbers will be installed south of the 409.  There is a single exit number for Valhalla Road near the Gardiner, but the remainder of the signs will be installed by a different contractor.

Sign work is often done late in the winter or early in the spring, after most of the snow removal business has been taken care of but it's still too cold to start other major construction work, so it wouldn't surprise me if the reamainder of the exit numbers are installed around then.  But who knows, I've certainly been surprised before.
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #1255 on: September 22, 2021, 01:23:59 PM »

Interesting. I wonder how it'll sign some exits, for example the NB Express Dundas exit and the Collector exits are not the same exit, but they are still signed as Dundas.
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #1257 on: September 27, 2021, 08:22:46 AM »

How do you take those photos while driving?
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #1258 on: September 27, 2021, 09:20:55 AM »

I use a proper camera, and in this case these photos were taken with a fixed lens, (a 50mm lens on my cropped sensor camera).  I dial in all of my camera settings (such as shutter speed, and aperture ahead of time, use Auto ISO), and then set my focus point to a location in the upper third of the frame so that the camera focuses on the road sign.  I then simply point the camera and click the shutter when I have the sign in my frame where I want it to be.  I usually take more than one photo in case my camera misses focus or I hit a bump in the road when I hit the shutter.

I've kind of set myself up so that I can operate my camera in such a way that it doesn't really distract me from driving.
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #1259 on: September 27, 2021, 02:44:13 PM »

View looking easterly towards the Toronto Skyline from the Winston Churchill Boulevard overtop of the QEW:

http://www.asphaltplanet.ca/ON/QEW_images/QEW_cl_124_TB_skyline_Sep21_24x16.jpg
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #1260 on: September 27, 2021, 05:08:43 PM »

Bloody Nora. I forgot how big the Toronto skyline is. Spectacular shot!
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #1261 on: September 27, 2021, 06:23:40 PM »

Wow!
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #1262 on: September 27, 2021, 07:24:33 PM »

condos condos condos from North York Centre to Downtown.

Toronto still sprawls like crazy though despite that
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #1263 on: September 27, 2021, 07:26:33 PM »

condos condos condos from North York Centre to Downtown.

Toronto still sprawls like crazy though despite that
The sprawl along the southern shore and QEW is likewise "impressive."
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #1264 on: October 06, 2021, 06:44:13 PM »

condos condos condos from North York Centre to Downtown.

Toronto still sprawls like crazy though despite that
The sprawl along the southern shore and QEW is likewise "impressive."

Is the area of highrises even larger than that of NY?

{I'm asking in terms of area, not height.  From that vantage point, it appears to be linear corridor of about 20 miles of highrises.}
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #1265 on: October 06, 2021, 11:41:47 PM »

^ That's a good question, I don't know the answer.  The above photo is a fairly flattering angle of Toronto, but Toronto does have a ton of tall buildings.  I have a hard time thinking that it really rivals New York.  The Manhattan Skyline is pretty impressive.
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #1266 on: October 07, 2021, 11:29:08 AM »

In terms of number of skyscrapers 150m+ NYC has 4x as many as Toronto, which makes sense given the respective populations. @mrsman's comment about it being a linear corridor is fairly accurate as along the Yonge Street subway line, though there are still plenty around other transportation hubs/corridors.

Either way, Toronto's skyline is pretty impressive these days, and it's astonishing how much it's grown recently.
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #1267 on: October 07, 2021, 04:49:46 PM »

What you don't see in that angle is all the sprawl. In reality, there's usually quite a lot of low density in-between the towers outside the downtown core (and sometimes within as well). As for Yonge, it is true that Yonge has a lot of intensification, but likewise, also has low-density portions even wth the subway line.
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #1268 on: October 07, 2021, 05:00:16 PM »

Toronto isn’t really that sprawly. At least not in a North America context. In most cities in North America you would never see the monolithic condo towers situated 25km away from the Downtown core like you see here.

If one were to drive around Atlanta, which is not that much smaller than Toronto, you’d never see tall residential towers outside of either Downtown or Buckhead.
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #1269 on: October 07, 2021, 05:35:37 PM »

I don't know about the above. To me, given that Mississauga has already built out to its borders, and Brampton is nearing that soon (they're starting to get up to Mayfield Road), the GTA seems sprawly to me. And in Mississauga's case, the only possible way to continue population growth is to build up now.

I'd consider some residential towers as sprawl too. I believe sprawl is defined as "the unrestricted growth in many urban areas of housing, commercial development, and roads over large expanses of land, with little concern for urban planning.", and I feel that some residential towers are being built with little regard to the surroundings. For example, there is a proposal to build a tall (can't remember the exact number of floors) tower at the corner of Yonge and Bernard in RH, which doesn't seem like a great idea due to the surrounding infrastructure probably being unable to support that. There's also a tower proposal on a vacant lot next to Alexander Mackenzie HS at Yonge/Major Mack, which again, does not seem like a wise place to build such a tower.
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #1270 on: October 10, 2021, 06:18:07 PM »

In terms of number of skyscrapers 150m+ NYC has 4x as many as Toronto, which makes sense given the respective populations. @mrsman's comment about it being a linear corridor is fairly accurate as along the Yonge Street subway line, though there are still plenty around other transportation hubs/corridors.

Either way, Toronto's skyline is pretty impressive these days, and it's astonishing how much it's grown recently.

I'm trying to find as good a vantage point for NYC, thru GSV.  It is hard to capture both Midtown and Downtown in one shot.  Another issue that probably impacts Manhattan is that the "Valley" (between Canal and 14th) doesn't have many tall buildings at all.  Kind of view them as being separate high rise CBDs.

I'll ask around on the Northeast Roads forum.  I'm sure someone there has a good impressive photograph of Manhattan's skyline as viewed from a highway.

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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #1271 on: October 10, 2021, 11:09:15 PM »

There's a view that doesn't suck from the New Jersey Turnpike, but I don't recall if it's both Downtown and Midtown.  The location I am thinking of might just be Midtown
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #1272 on: October 10, 2021, 11:52:48 PM »

There's a view that doesn't suck from the New Jersey Turnpike, but I don't recall if it's both Downtown and Midtown.  The location I am thinking of might just be Midtown
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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #1273 on: October 27, 2021, 10:56:23 PM »

condos condos condos from North York Centre to Downtown.

Toronto still sprawls like crazy though despite that

Not really surprising. The biggest cities tend to have both the most impressive skylines and the most sprawl. It actually goes together and is to be expected when you think about it.

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Re: Ontario's Highways
« Reply #1274 on: November 07, 2021, 10:53:14 PM »

Evening view looking southerly from the King Road overpass along the 400.  The northbound HOV still has yet to open to traffic:


http://www.asphaltplanet.ca/ON/hwy_400_images/400_cl_43_south_SB_night_Nov21_24x16.jpg
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