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2012 Villain Nominees: Cityscape

The people, places, things, and ideas that are undermining the texture of the city—our neighbourhoods, transportation, and sense of place.

Torontoist is ending the year by naming our Heroes and Villains: the very best and very worst people, places, things, and ideas that have had an influence on the city over the past 12 months. From December 10 to 19, we’ll unveil the nominees, grouped by category. Vote for your favourites from each batch, every single day! On December 19 and 20 the winners from each category go head-to-head in the final round of voting, and on December 21, we will reveal your choices for Toronto’s Superhero and Supervillain of the year.

The Nominees: Cityscape

CLICK ON EACH NOMINEE to learn more about them.

The Gardiner Expressway

An eyesore that’s creating an increasingly dangerous commute.
  Breaking Condo Glass

Causing injury, closing streets, and sparking lawsuits.
  Donald Trump

Lending his name to an ugly, failing project.

Extreme NIMBYism

Taking the fear of change to irrational heights.
  Casino Pressure

Making it hard to make a good decision.
  Bike Lane Fiascos

More angry, more congested, and less safe streets.

  The Impossible Rental Market

Vacancy rates that make renting hopeless.

Voting has now closed on this category. The final round of voting begins Wednesday, December 19.


  • Brent Marshall

    Ok, I’m going to state the inevitable. Where’s Rob Ford? There could also be an award for most years running…

    • Anonymous

      This category seems to be restricted to architecture and infrastructure and other things immediately connected to built things, areas Ford has fortunately kept his nose out of this year.

      • Brent Marshall

        Aha, got it, thanks!

  • Annoyed

    Wealthy people problems? I guess, record lineups at food banks, TTC fair increases, increasing poverty, cuts to community grants…but word, Donald Trump and his condo fiasco trumps all that.

    • Anonymous

      Donald Trump’s propensity for evil is sexy. Food banks aren’t. There’s your answer.

    • Anonymous

      This is just day two of eight!! We have lots of villains – and heroes! – to come.

  • Thom Hounsell

    Drag doesn’t work on android chrome so your results may get skewed.

    • Canadianskeezix

      The teenage girl demographic will be under-represented.

    • Canadianskeezix

      I joke.

  • Seetusee

    Nonetheless, I think Rob Ford should be the arch villain of 2012!