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[URBAN NOTE] “Metrolinx to move ahead with giant Davenport rail bridge”

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Here’s another Tess Kalinowski Toronto Star article, this one describing controversy over a new rail bridge at Davenport. In my humble opinion, NIMBYism is a bad idea, especially when it comes to transit improvements we need.

Residents along the train tracks may have lost the fight to stop Metrolinx from building a three-storey rail overpass near Davenport Rd. north of Bloor St.

But that doesn’t resolve the broader issue of reconciling the tight deadlines of the province’s massive GO expansion with Toronto’s city-building agenda, says the local councillor.

Metrolinx will move ahead with the approvals process for the 1.5-km rail bridge in January, rather than the spring as the city had expected. The provincial agency says its schedule for the electrified regional express rail program won’t permit further delay.

The bridge — which has been referred to as a Gardiner Expressway for GO trains — will allow all-day, two-way service on the Barrie line by eliminating the Davenport diamond where those tracks intersect with the CP freight corridor.

Even if CP and CN agree to move freight off the corridor in favour of a new freight line north of the city, Metrolinx says the Davenport rail-to-rail crossing needs to be eliminated to make way for more commuter trains.

Written by Randy McDonald

November 24, 2015 at 2:17 pm

[URBAN NOTE] “TTC wants to get out of ‘hellhole’ headquarters”

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I pass under the TTC headquarters daily as I commute to work. I can easily believe that, as Tess Kalinowski describes in the Toronto Star, this elderly building might well be unpleasant.

The CEO of the TTC describes the transit system’s Davisville headquarters as a “Stygian hellhole” with some employees working in spaces akin to “veal crates.”

His boss, TTC chair Josh Colle, agrees that some of the working conditions are “deplorable.” He wants the transit board to take the politically perilous step of recommending the transit agency move out of the 1958 McBrien building into a modern space large enough to accommodate the system’s 3,000 office staff under one roof.

It doesn’t have to be glitzy. It doesn’t even need to be a new building. But having staff scattered among Davisville, which accommodates only about 400, and a half-dozen leased offices around the city doesn’t make sense and costs the TTC more than $8.4 million a year, he said.

“We need to find a new home for the TTC. There’s some existing buildings around we could move into. That’s the best possibility. But just to have different leases and spaces, some owned, some in terrible condition, is just so inefficient and costly,” said Colle.

It’s not clear what the TTC would have to spend for new digs, but Colle thinks it would ultimately save the agency money.

Written by Randy McDonald

November 24, 2015 at 2:12 pm

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

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  • blogTO notes the refusal of Bombardier to explain to the TTC, even in the context of an impending lawsuit, why streetcar production is so delayed.
  • At the Broadside Blog, Caitlin Kelly recommends the movie Spotlight for its insights into the importance of journalism.
  • Crooked Timber considers protests at Princeton about racial representation.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper suggesting possibilities for direct imaging of the Alpha Centauri system.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes plans to close down the last coal-powered power plant in Britain.
  • Far Outliers looks at Russian and German encounters with Papuans in the late 19th century.
  • Language Hat starts a discussion on marginalized languages.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the defense of the mayor of Roanoke that his defense of the Japanese-American internment was not racist.
  • Marginal Revolution notes the importance of the Iran-Iraq War in the Middle East’s downward spiral.
  • pollotenchegg notes language use in Ukraine.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer notes how the Kirchner governments in Argentina subsidized energy companies.
  • Torontoist notes a Bloordale artist’s efforts to start a fact box in her neighbourhood.
  • Towleroad notes the belated recognition of a trans widow’s marriage.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the complications of the cut-off of electricity supply from Ukraine to Crimea.
  • Yorkshire Ranter Alexander Harrowell is critical of certain plans for devolution that risk creating party fiefdoms.

[PHOTO] Metropolitan United Church, bare

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Metropolitan United Church, bare #toronto #churches #metropolitanunitedchurch #unitedchurch

Compare this photo from earlier in the month.

Written by Randy McDonald

November 24, 2015 at 7:55 am

[FORUM] As a visitor to Toronto, what would you like to see?

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The question in the subject line is directed to residents of Toronto and non-residents alike. If you were visiting, what would you like to see here?

Written by Randy McDonald

November 22, 2015 at 11:59 pm

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[PHOTO] Statue of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, Riverdale Park East, Toronto

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Dr. Sun Yat-sen statue, Riverdale Park East #toronto #sunyatsen #statues #riverdaleparkeast #riverdalepark  #autumn #latergram

The statue of Dr. Sun Yat-sen that stands in Toronto’s Riverdale Park East, overlooking the Don Valley, was framed beautifully by autumn. As noted by the Toronto Public Library blog in 2010, this statue was completed by local sculptor Joe Rosenthal in 1985, two years after winning a competition to erect a statue of the founder of the Republic of China. “This monument shows Dr. Sun Yat-sen holding a book. The book is his famous ideology “The Three Principles of the People”. It talks about nationalism, democracy and socialism.”

Written by Randy McDonald

November 22, 2015 at 12:03 pm

[PHOTO] Looking west in the evening rain, Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto

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Looking west in the evening rain #toronto #yongeanddundas #evening #rain

Written by Randy McDonald

November 21, 2015 at 3:28 am

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