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[PHOTO] Coffee Time by the towers (and Food Basics), Dupont and Lansdowne

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Coffee Time by the towers (and Food Basics) #toronto #dupontstreet #wallaceemerson #coffeetime #foodbasics #condos #towers

I stopped off at the Coffee Time on the northeast corner of Dupont and Lansdowne this afternoon en route to Big on Bloor Festival, picking up a jumbo coffee and a beef samosa before I veered south onto Lansdowne towards Bloordale. I blogged about this restaurant and its (to my mind) unfairly grim reputation. (My Flickr link is here.) This time, as I approached the restaurant from the east, I saw the Food Basics grocery store lying just to the west, I thought about the controversy around this store and its neighbourhood.

This Food Basics is an anchor store for the Fuse Condos development, on the northwest of Dupont and Lansdowne. This new grocery store opening was welcome by some, who saw no reason this store could not co-exist with the FreshCo in the Galleria Mall just a few minutes east at Dupont and Dufferin. To some, this was a betrayal: Fuse Condos had produced a Metro grocery store, a higher-end grocery store with more selection, and some buyers were quite upset. There was even a petition calling for a Metro.

All this was satirized in The Beaverton, and aptly analyzed in the Toronto Star by Edward Keenan. Keenan pointed out that this behaviour was wildly out of place given the decidedly working-class nature of Wallace Emerson. Food Basics, obviously, got installed regardless.

Still: how long will this neighbourhood, this cluster of west-end neighbourhoods, remain what it has been? I wonder.

[ISL] Five articles from the Toronto Islands in this time of flood

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  • blogTO shares Aidan Ferreira’s stunning photos of the Toronto Islands flooded out. The damage, especially to the beaches, looks severe.
  • CTV News shares remarkable drone footage of the Toronto Islands.
  • The Toronto Sun reports on the plight of the water taxi operators, unable to earn their living this summer with trips to the Islands.
  • The Toronto Star‘s Fatima Syed notes that, to stay afloat, the Centreville Amusement Park will be selling its beautiful antique carousel.
  • Katharine Laidlaw’s interviews in Toronto Life with Toronto Islanders tell the story of a very hard year.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 21, 2017 at 6:30 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Six links on Toronto, on mass transit and infrastructure generally

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  • This story of a TTC worker who took a day’s fares home with him, where they got confiscated by police, and then compensated by union pressure for having been suspended without pay … wow.
  • Edward Keenan makes the point that cost overruns for city infrastructure need to be taken seriously. The quoted price for a park staircase is just off.
  • Daily Xtra notes the sad state of repairs of the rainbow crosswalks of Toronto.
  • CBC reports on Twyn Rivers Drive, a Scarborough route some say should be marked as off-limits for heavy vehicles.
  • NOW Toronto reports on how Mississauga is starting to outshine Toronto in the department of bike lanes.
  • Torontoist’s Tricia Wood writes about the almost impressive dysfunction at Metrolinx.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 21, 2017 at 3:15 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Five links on Toronto, from housing issues to renaming Ryerson

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  • blogTO notes apartment complexes will soon be rezoned to allow them to host more businesses.
  • Torontoist’s Tamara Yelland argues against Matt Gurney’s dismissive take that people who can’t afford Toronto housing should go.
  • Global News reports on the bidding wars for condo rentals in Toronto.
  • At CBC, Doug George-Kanentiio argues in favour of renaming Ryerson University, perhaps giving it a First Nations name.
  • The Toronto Star‘s Martin Regg Cohn reflects on his experiences around the world, seeing statues to past regimes taken down.

[URBAN NOTE] Four Toronto blog links, from feminist street art to the changing retail scene

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  • Steve Munro shares photos of the ongoing reconstruction of Dundas and Victoria, on the 505 Dundas streetcar route.
  • blogTO notes that the steady increase in rental prices in Toronto came to a halt this month.
  • John Lorinc at Spacing starts a series speculating on the safety of Toronto hi-rises for seniors.
  • Torontoist reports on the achievements and the controversy of a feminist street art event in Parkdale.

[URBAN NOTE] Three reports of crime and possible crimes in Toronto

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  • CBC reports on a Scarborough group trying to get the police to contact neighbourhood groups re: missing people.
  • In the Toronto Star, Kristyn Wong-Tam reports Toronto police do not believe disappearances of men in Church and Wellesley are connected.
  • VICE tells a shocking story of a man allegedly beaten by a policeman with a steel pipe, blinded in an eye. Coverup?

Written by Randy McDonald

July 19, 2017 at 1:00 pm

[NEWS] Four links from Canada, from Sears Canada to the Avro Arrow to racism to First Nations

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  • MacLean’s Joe Castaldo notes the case for Sears Canada giving executives retention bonuses even as it shorts lesser workers.
  • CBC notes another, potentially more successful, search for Avro Arrow models in the depths of Lake Ontario.
  • VICE notes the history of white supremacism in Canada, extending to the point of a failed coup by some in Dominica.
  • Spacing reports on the Indigenous Place Making Council, intended to secure a place for increasingly urban First Nations in Canada.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 16, 2017 at 5:30 pm