For adventurous home-buyers looking for digs in Toronto’s old industrial zones, the junction of King and Queen Streets East, just west of the Don River, is one of the city’s last frontiers. But don’t wait too long. The gruff brick factories and warehouses that dot the area, and the Victorian storefronts along King and Queen, are being rapidly changed into chic dwellings and offices for people who don’t mind, or actually like (as I do), the rugged streetscapes left to us by the great Machine Age.

But along with the overhauls, much new housing is coming on stream in the district. Waterfront Toronto, the crown corporation conducting the transformation of the city’s harbour lands, will shortly see the first residential development in the desolate 80-acre West Don Lands go to market. It’s called River City [Map] and, when built out fully, it will contain 950 units. For the record: 330 units will go up for sale in February. They will range in size from a tiny 349 square-foot studio apartment to 1,050 square-foot two-bedroom suites on two levels, and are priced at $500 a square foot.

Read the full article, “Toronto’s River City project: A sober-sided urbanism” in the Globe and Mail (Jan 28, 2010).

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