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Archive for March 2016

[PHOTO] Laneway south of Dupont

Laneway south of Dupont #toronto #dupontstreet #laneway #alley #rain #dovercourtvillage

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Written by Randy McDonald

March 31, 2016 at 11:54 am

[PHOTO] Crane above, Yonge and Eglinton

Crane above #toronto #yongeandeglinton #cranes #blue #sky

Written by Randy McDonald

March 30, 2016 at 1:26 pm

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[PHOTO] “Hop on the UP!”

"Hop On The UP!" #toronto #unionpearsonexpress #ttc #subway #ad #masstransit #rail

I saw this ad for the Union-Pearson Express, highlighting the new low fares, on my Saturday evening subway ride home. How well will the push work? We will find out.

Written by Randy McDonald

March 28, 2016 at 10:20 am

[PHOTO] Crosswalk, Dupont at Bartlett

Crosswalk, Dupont at Bartlett #toronto #dovercourtvillage #dupontstreet #bartlettavenue #crosswalk

Written by Randy McDonald

March 25, 2016 at 11:57 am

[PHOTO] Dufferin Station at night

Dufferin Station at night #toronto #ttc #subway #bloorcourt #dufferinstreet #dufferin #bloorstreetwest

When properly illuminated at night, the new main entrance to Dufferin Station on the northwest corner of Bloor and Dufferin can look almost cathedral.

Written by Randy McDonald

March 24, 2016 at 12:22 pm

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • D-Brief reports on Ceres’ bright spots.
  • Dangerous Minds celebrates the video game arcades of the 1980s.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper speculating that tightly-packed globular clusters might be good cradles for life.
  • The Dragon’s Tales examines the processes by which gravel is formed on Mars and Titan.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog wonders about the extent to which college alienates low-income students.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money is critical of Hillary Clinton’s speech at AIPAC.
  • The LRB Blog features an essay by an American expatriate in Belgium on the occasion of the Brussels attacks.
  • Steve Munro analyses the quality of service on the 6 Bay bus.
  • The NYRB Daily reflects on the films of a Syrian film collective.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer points out that the rate of terrorism in Europe now is substantially lower than in the 1970s and 1980s.
  • Savage Minds considers secrecy as it applies to the anthropological writer.
  • Strange Maps reflects on the BBC’s Shipping Forecast weather service.
  • Whatever’s John Scalzi reflects on the prospects of human survival into the future.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests that Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan are on the verge of fighting a border war.

[URBAN NOTE] “After decades of ‘woe is us,’ there’s a new spirit of optimism in Buffalo”

If, as Paul Attfield suggests in The Globe and Mail, Buffalo is starting to revive this is all for the good. I just hope that the growth will be inclusive of everyone in the city.

For sports fans, Buffalo might be best known as the home of the National Football League’s Bills and National Hockey League’s Sabres, which have the unenviable record of a combined zero wins and six losses in championship series. For others, Buffalo might be known as the third poorest city in the United States, trailing only Cleveland and Detroit, and yet one more example of a former industrial behemoth fallen on hard times in the heart of the U.S. rust belt.

But something seems to be stirring in Western New York. The area is undergoing more than $5.5-billion (U.S.) in new economic development, mostly in downtown Buffalo. Projects such as the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, the recreational facilities at the Canalside park and SolarCity’s gigafactory, the largest solar panel manufacturing plant in the Western Hemisphere, are generating more than 12,000 new jobs over the next three years.

“It’s a really good problem to have and it’s changed the way we think about our community,” says Thomas Kucharski, president and chief executive officer of Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, a private, non-profit economic development organization. “We went from the whole four Super Bowls and two [Stanley] Cups and woe is us to [now] where people are a lot more optimistic than they have been.”

The business community buoys a large part of that optimism, with mixed-use buildings in the city – either proposed, under construction or completed – representing more than $990-million of investment. Among those are Avant, Buffalo’s first mixed-use hotel-office-luxury condominium high rise situated in a former federal building, and the Larkin Center of Commerce, which was previously a soap factory and is now home to almost 100 businesses and service providers.

The seven-storey Conventus Center for Collaborative Medicine, part of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, was completed last year by Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. on a two-acre site. Located on the northern edge of Buffalo’s central business district, Conventus will act as the link between the University at Buffalo school of medicine and biomedical sciences and John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, when they are completed.

Written by Randy McDonald

March 23, 2016 at 1:13 pm