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[PHOTO] Three photos of the St. George Campus of the University of Toronto, at twilight

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North up King's College Road #toronto #universityoftoronto #kingscollegeroad #evening #latergram

Convocation Hall from the east #toronto #universityoftoronto #convocationhall #evening #latergram

Alley of birch trees by night #toronto #universityoftoronto #birch #trees #lights #evening #latergram

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Written by Randy McDonald

September 22, 2017 at 7:48 am

Posted in Photo, Toronto

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[URBAN NOTE] Four Toronto notes: air conditioning, Kent Monkman, ISIS at Canadian Tire, minimum wage

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  • In this unseasonably warm September, Toronto tenants need more air conditioning than some landlords provide. The Toronto Star reports.
  • NOW Toronto notes the launch of a new Kent Monkman canvas, this one depicting a Dutch-Iroquois treaty signing.
  • The bizarre story of an ISIS supporter who tried to attack people at a Canadian Tire store is getting more bizarre. The Toronto Star reports.
  • There is a possibility the Ontario minimum wage increase could hurt employment outside of well-off Toronto. The Globe and Mail reports.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 21, 2017 at 8:00 pm

[PHOTO] Thirteen photos of Trillium Park and the William G. Davis Trail (#trilliumpark)

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The newly-opened Trillium Park and William G. David Trail, part of the ongoing redevelopment of Ontario Place, is superb. Though the landscaping is still raw, just three months after the parks opening, the bones are good ones. Walking along the trail on a beautiful warm evening, seeing the park full of people enjoying the grass or the concert or the views of the lake and the Toronto Islands, I knew this park is a success.

Entering Trillium Park

Looking east

Path ahead

Two routes

Trail tree

Gathered for the concert (1)

Gathered for the concert (2)

Looking at Hanlan's Point

Looking at Billy Bishop

Overlooking

Hough's Glade

Evening in the park

Walking by boats on the lake

Written by Randy McDonald

September 21, 2017 at 10:02 am

[URBAN NOTE] Four Toronto links: TTC promotion, condo intersections, Bombardier, Centreville

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  • While I get why the TTC would promote its top ranking on its vehicles, the optics of significant cost for this promotion are terrible.
  • Bay and Bloor, Avenue Road and Bloor, Bay and King–these are the top intersections for condo resellers.
  • I get why Bombardier workers would want to support their employer versus Bombardier with a brief strike, and be justified in doing so. Just–well, optics.
  • Can the Centreville carousel be kept in Toronto? I suppose it would be nice if they could get the funding.

[PHOTO] Twelve photos of Fort York underneath the city (@fortyork, #fortyork)

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On my Sunday visit to Fort York, I was struck by how this fort is now a green space engulfed in city, towers nearby in South Core to the east and further away in Liberty Village to the west, girdled by the Gardiner Expressway to the south and by the rail tracks to the north. It’s an anachronistic island, of sorts.

At Fort York underneath the city (1) #toronto #fortyork #skyline #tower #gardinerexpressway

At Fort York underneath the city (2) #toronto #fortyork #skyline #tower #gardinerexpressway

At Fort York underneath the city (3) #toronto #fortyork #skyline #tower #gardinerexpressway

At Fort York underneath the city (4) #toronto #fortyork #skyline #tower #gardinerexpressway

At Fort York underneath the city (5) #toronto #fortyork #skyline #tower #gardinerexpressway

At Fort York underneath the city (6) #toronto #fortyork #skyline #tower #gardinerexpressway

At Fort York underneath the city (7) #toronto #fortyork #skyline #tower #gardinerexpressway

At Fort York underneath the city (8) #toronto #fortyork #skyline #tower #gardinerexpressway

At Fort York underneath the city (9) #toronto #fortyork #skyline #tower #gardinerexpressway

At Fort York underneath the city (10) #toronto #fortyork #skyline #tower #gardinerexpressway

At Fort York underneath the city (11) #toronto #fortyork #skyline #tower #gardinerexpressway

At Fort York underneath the city (12) #toronto #fortyork #skyline #tower #gardinerexpressway

Written by Randy McDonald

September 20, 2017 at 12:18 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Four notes about the changes and failures of Toronto: food banks, sidewalks, transit

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  • Visits to food banks in Toronto have returned to Great Recession levels, Global News notes.
  • Torontoist notes that the reluctance to build sidewalks in lower-density areas has serious negative consequences.
  • The photos blogTO shares of some Toronto intersections a century ago are remarkable. (There was nothing at many.)
  • Jennifer Pagliaro states the obvious in the Toronto Star: mass transit planning is driven by short-term political convenience, not long-term planning.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 19, 2017 at 6:30 pm

[PHOTO] Twenty photos of Yonge Street during Open Streets (#openstreetsto)

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Sunday saw Open Streets Toronto come into play for the second time, closing off huge chunks of Yonge Street (and Bloor to the west and east of Yonge, too). Sunday afternoon was bright and blue, a perfect day for people to promenade down from Bloor to College, looking at the streetscape and taking in the day’s activities.

Open Streets (1) #toronto #yongeandbloor #yongestreet #openstreetsto

Open Streets (2) #toronto #yongeandbloor #yongestreet #openstreetsto

Open Streets (3) #toronto #yongeandbloor #yongestreet #openstreetsto

Open Streets (4) #toronto #yongeandbloor #yongestreet #openstreetsto #brassrail

Open Streets (5) #toronto #yongeandbloor #yongestreet #openstreetsto

Open Streets (6) #toronto #yongeandbloor #yongestreet #openstreetsto

Open Streets (7) #toronto #yongeandbloor #yongestreet #openstreetsto

Open Streets (8) #toronto #yongeandbloor #yongestreet #openstreetsto

Open Streets (9) #toronto #yongeandbloor #yongestreet #openstreetsto

Open Streets (10) #toronto #yongeandwellesley #yongestreet #openstreetsto

Open Streets (11) #toronto #yongeandwellesley #yongestreet #openstreetsto

Open Streets (12) #toronto #yongeandwellesley #yongestreet #openstreetsto

Open Streets (13) #toronto #yongeandwellesley #yongestreet #openstreetsto

Open Streets (14) #toronto #yongeandwellesley #yongestreet #openstreetsto

Open Streets (15) #toronto #yongeandwellesley #yongestreet #openstreetsto

Open Streets (16) #toronto #yongeandwellesley #yongestreet #openstreetsto

Open Streets (17) #toronto #yongeandwellesley #yongestreet #openstreetsto

Open Streets (18) #toronto #yongeandwellesley #yongestreet #openstreetsto

Open Streets (19) #toronto #yongeandcollege #yongestreet #openstreetsto #latergram

Open Streets (20) #toronto #yongeandcollege #yongestreet #openstreetsto #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

September 19, 2017 at 11:18 am