The leafy public spaces that provide sanctuary and escape from the hustle and bustle of the day-to-day are being bartered by a city desperate for cash.
Where: Corner of Gothic and Quebec (High Park area)
What's proposed: Eight-storey, 175-unit condo and four-storey parking garage
The deal: The city owns the land and is selling it to the developer as part of a trade-off after condo residents further west kicked up a fuss about a proposal to build a 20-storey condo near them.
The good news: The original proposal included a second condo of five storeys and 17 townhouses.
The bad news: Developer-friendly Ontario Municipal Board will have the final say.
What's next: Centre Island. You don't think they're going to spend all that money on a fixed link to feed a failing airport, do you?
Assault on our sacred symbols
The churches that symbolize the aspirations of this city's immigrant pioneers and formed the basis of our early communities are sacred no more.
Where: Metropolitan United Church (Queen and Church)
What's proposed: Replacing the early-20th-century parsonage with a 36-storey, 340-unit condo, the first six storeys a mix of commercial office and retail space.
The deal: The tower is 106 metres tall, more than three times the 30-metre allowable limit, and messes with the flight path to new heliport at nearby St. Michael's Hospital.
The good news: The services the church offers to the needy will be maintained.
The bad news: No affordable housing component
What's next: St. James's Cathedral down the street. Council approved density transfer last week.
It was built during the Depression, when the city was desperate for symbols of hope, but not even our most famous landmark is safe from crass big-box commercialism.
Where: Maple Leaf Gardens (Carlton and Church)
What's proposed: Home Depot or Loblaws with condos
The deal: Owner Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) isn't interested in keeping a facility around that would compete with the Air Canada Centre.
The good news: It was designated a historical site in 1991, making any full-scale development unlikely that doesn't save a good chunk of the existing building.
The bad news: Toronto builder and power broker Larry Tanenbaum, he of the secretive Union Station redevelopment, holds the controlling interest.
What's next: Local councillor Kyle Rae isn't saying. Hint: he supported the Union Station proposal.
Fooling us with grand facades
Tucked into T.O.'s first neighbourhoods, architectural gems that evoke the entrepreneurial spirit of the past are being gutted by developers whose only tip to history is maintaining their facades.
Where: Ideal Bread Company factory (Dovercourt and Argyle)
What's proposed: Seven-storey condo and penthouse
The deal: Council originally rejected the project, but the Ontario Municipal Board approved it.
The good news: The developer has agreed to renovate in keeping with the building's historical designation.
The bad news: The province's Conservation Review Board didn't see fit to intervene from the start.
What's next: The Gladstone Hotel? Plans for five condo towers and 129 townhouses across the tracks from the hotel are already before the city.
Razing community spirit
Squeezed by Tory cutbacks, prestigious places of learning that anchor established neighbourhoods are being replaced by skyscrapers.
Where: North Toronto Collegiate Institute (Yonge and Roehampton)
What's proposed: Two 45-storey condo towers
The deal: The local councillor is opposed, the local school board trustee gung-ho.
The good news: Residents are prepared to fight to the wall.
The bad news: The OMB recently approved towers of 51 and 37 storeys two blocks to the south.
What's next: Any school built at the turn of the 20th century. With the current funding formula, it makes more financial sense to tear them down than to maintain them. Attack of the killer condos