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[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Amazon Prime, Skyscraper, inclusionary zoning, waterfront, underground

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  • Andray Domise at MacLean’s takes Amazon Prime Day to note the way in which the tech company and others are undermining successful cities.
  • CityLab is unimpressed by the new movie Skyscraper, not least for the opportunities it fails to recognize in the architecture of super-tall buildings.
  • CityLab takes a look at the idea of “inclusionary zoning”, here.
  • Guardian Cities notes that Toronto is not alone in making the mistake of building highways separating city from waterfront.
  • The Guardian Cities takes a fascinating extended look at the questions of mapping and property ownership of the space beneath cities.
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[URBAN NOTE] TTC Line 1, Dufferin Street, Bloordale, #TheManWhoSoldParkdale, PR voting

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  • blogTO notes a closure this weekend of Line 1 between St. Clair and Lawrence for Metrolinx construction. Still, at least their post uses my photo!
  • Urban Toronto notes that, the studios at 390 through 444 Dufferin Street being demolished, new construction is begin. I remember those studios from when I first moved to Toronto.
  • Urban Toronto looks at the latest revision to plans to redevelop the southwest corner of Bloor and Dufferin, one intended to install a more human scale to the streetscape and skyline.
  • NOW Toronto takes an extended look at the #TheManWhoSoldParkdale campaign against gentrification in Parkdale.
  • CBC shares the argument in favour of giving permanent residents voting rights in municipal elections in the City of Toronto.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Sainte-Élisabeth, Montréal, Winnipeg, Glasgow, Bondy

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  • The Québec town of Sainte-Élisabeth, thanks to long cooperation with their Malian sister community of Sanankoroba, is concerned about the outcome of the Canadian peacekeeping mission there. Global News reports.
  • The relatively low incomes of Montréal compared to other North American cities is one factor making it vulnerable to real estate price shifts. Global News notes.
  • Winnipeg, too, is faced with the question of how to protect its citizens from excessive unexpected heat. Global News reports.
  • The showpeople of the Scottish city of Glasgow are at risk of dislocation from their unique niche thanks to gentrification. The Guardian reports.
  • The hometown of the French World Cup team star Kylian Mbappé, the Paris suburb of Bondy, was on tenterhooks watching the national team play against Croatia. VICE reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: One Yonge, park budget, Berczy Park, cyclists, Soulpepper Theatre

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  • Urban Toronto reports on the massive towers being planned for One Yonge Street.
  • The City of Toronto has massive shortfalls in its budget for park repairs. The city is unprepared for (as an example) a recurrence of 2017’s flooding. CBC reports.
  • If there is dead grass at Berczy Park, the dogs the park is dedicated to can be fairly blamed for this. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Rehana Mushtaq, writing at The Varsity, is right in arguing for a shift in the culture of transportation, for the benefit of cyclists.
  • Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre, in the wake of allegations of inappropriate behaviour, is shaking up its training program. CBC reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Five notes about cities: Arctic, floating, cemeteries, wildlife, immigrants

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  • Wired noted how Arctic cities were facing significant problems from melting permafrost, and how they were trying to deal with this threat.
  • CityLab notes the ever-popular idea of a floating city, riding the waves.
  • Atlas Obscura notes, unsurprisingly, that some cemeteries in the United States were used as parks. Why not? These can be lovely green spaces. Just look at Toronto’s Mount Pleasant and Prospect cemeteries.
  • In a feature on Menno Schilthuizen’s Darwin Comes to Town, Simon Worrall at National Geographic looks at the many and varied ways wildlife can adapt to city life.
  • Melissa Byrnes, at Lawyers, Guns and Money, noted how Trump’s rhetoric of ICE “liberating” American communities echoed ways in which French authorities in the Algerian war militarized immigrant neighbourhoods.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Mississauga, Kahnawake, Madrid, Helsinki, Mumbai

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  • Croatian-Canadian fans in Mississauga were definitely organized and ready to celebrate the Croatian team playing in the World Cup finals. Global News reports.
  • People in Kahnawake are looking forward to an upcoming powwow, as a celebration of indigenous culture and a vehicle for reconciliation. Global News reports.
  • CityLab notes the progress that environmental initiatives in Madrid have had in bringing wildlife back to the Spanish capital.
  • Politico Europe reports on the mood in Helsinki on the eve of the Trump-Putin summit there. Avoiding a repetition of Munich was prominent in locals’ minds.
  • Namrata Kolachalam at Roads and Kingdoms reports from Mumbai on the negative environmental impact of a controversial statue of Marathi conqueror Shivaji on local fishing communities.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: The Discourse, First Nations park, Yorkdale, ravines, Parkdale

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  • The Discourse reports on what they have learned about local issues from interviewing people in Toronto. Much appreciated; I hope they get a bigger local footprint here.
  • Toronto’s first First Nations-themed park is being planned for a North York site, at Finch and Weston Road. The City of Toronto reports.
  • Urban Toronto notes the new green and solar roofs being installed at Yorkdale.
  • Shawn Micallef makes the argument that the cold green treed ravines of Toronto are good places to seek refuge from the heat, over at the Toronto Star.
  • It is sad, if perhaps unsurprising, that one tenant participating in a Parkdale rent strike has been issued eviction notices. The Toronto Star reports.