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[URBAN NOTE] Five Montréal links: Québec, real estate, Berri, Dorchester Square, Airbnb

  • La Presse writes about the lack of rapport between the government of Québec and the metropolis of Montréal, and the looks at the consequences of said.
  • A new CMHC study suggests that, between rising prices for housing on the island of Montréal and improved transit off-Island, it might be cheaper for many to live on the mainland. The Montreal Gazette reports.
  • Turning the abandoned Berri bus station into a distribution depot sounds like a good idea to me. CTV News reports.
  • The newly renovated Dorchester Square looks lovely. Global News reports.
  • The Montreal Gazette looks at new strict rules on Airbnb that will hopefully limit the impact on the rental housing sector.

[URBAN NOTE] Seven Toronto links: Galleria, Gerrard Square, real estate, Don, Scarborough, #onpoli

  • CBC Toronto notes the latest stage in the documentation, by Toronto artist Shari Kasman, of the now-disappearing Galleria Mall.
  • The Gerrard Square Mall, blogTO suggests, is actually doing quite nicely these days.
  • Airbnb listings in Toronto, taking up 1% of the rental market of Toronto, are causing significant harm to renters despite this seemingly small percentage. CBC reports.
  • John Lorinc is quite right to note at Spacing that the City of Toronto is not helping the housing crisis by selling off vacant land.
  • The Don River can now be celebrated, noting its rather improved status from its mid-20th century nadir. CBC Toronto reports.
  • The Scarborough RT line faced near-critical shortages of usable vehicles recently. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Steve Munro takes</a. a look at the details of the law uploading new Toronto transit services to the province of Ontario.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: anti-racist protest, AI at U of T, naloxone, TTC, Airbnb

  • National Observer notes how, in Toronto, hundreds of anti-racist protesters blocked a far-right group.
  • A $C 100 million donation has recently been made to the University of Toronto, to fund artificial intelligence research. CBC reports.
  • Harm reduction activists want TTC operators to be trained in the usage of naloxone kits, to aid overdose victims. CBC reports.
  • Transit Toronto notes its new Family of Services concept, intended to help Wheel-Trans users access wider city transit.
  • Samantha Edwards writes at NOW Toronto about how Airbnb is worsening the living experiences of permanent residents in condo developments, by encouraging a more transient crowd less invested in local communities.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: PATH, Airbnb, houseboat, apartment towers, neighbourhoods

  • Jamie Bradburn considers the history of the construction of the Toronto PATH network, and the surprising controversy. Many, it seems, did not want to live like moles.
  • VICE takes a look at how Airbnb is directly driving people out of their neighbourhoods.
  • The Toronto Star looks at a houseboat in the Scarborough Bluffs area that looks very homey.
  • The aging apartment buildings of Toronto need care, perhaps a lot of care, if they are to continue to house safely their many hundreds of thousands of inhabitants. CBC Toronto reports.
  • Postcity considers what, exactly, the slowing of development applications in Yonge and Eglinton means. Will the same hypertrophy spread to other neighbourhoods, soon to be overburdened?

[URBAN NOTE] Five notes about cities: Airbnb, NIMBYism, sinking, soil, anti-tours and Jane’s Walk

  • This article at The Conversation examines the adverse effect of Airbnb on urban housing markets worldwide.
  • CityLab looks at how NIMBYism advanced to the point of blocking progress in cities generally.
  • JSTOR Daily looks at how many vulnerable cities, especially on shorelines, are at risk of sinking.
  • Oliver Milman at Guardian Cities looks at how New York City, and other metropolises, are starting to study the soil they lie over. (I compost; at least I try to.)
  • Oliver Balch at Guardian Cities takes a look at anti-tours, tours of cities which self-consciously consider elements and areas of urban life often overlooked by regular tourists. (I love the mention of Jane’s Walk–I went to the very walk by Union Station mentioned in the article!)

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Line 1, bread wars, Airbnb, Christie Pits turkey, Scarborough

  • blogTO warns that subway service on Line 1 will be slowed over the next few weeks as a length of squeaky track between Union and King is replaced.
  • Jamie Bradburn takes a look back to an early 20th century advertising competition between bread-makers, pitting a defunct company against Weston’s.
  • Samantha Edwards at NOW Toronto looks at the growth in housing available for short-term rent in Toronto linked to Airbnb.
  • CBC Toronto reports on the wild turkey who has taken up residence in downtown Christie Pits.
  • Some Scarborough businesses are trying to deal with slowing business linked to disruption by Eglinton Crosstown constructions. Global News reports.

[BLOG] Some Friday links

  • John Quiggin at Crooked Timber suggests that the planet Earth, judging by the progress of space travel to date, is going to be the only planet our species will ever inhabit.
  • D-Brief notes surprising new evidence that maize was domesticated not in Mesoamerica, but rather in the southwest of the Amazon basin.
  • Dangerous Minds notes the penalties proposed by Thomas Jefferson in Virginia for buggery, sodomy, and bestiality.
  • Earther considers the extent to which Thanos’ homeworld of Titan, whether the Saturnian moon or lookalike world, could ever have been habitable, even with extensive terraforming.
  • Hornet Stories notes the interesting light that a study of ideal penis sizes among heterosexual women sheds on studies of sexuality generally.
  • JSTOR Daily takes an extended look at how the sharing economy, promoted by people like Lawrence Lessig and businesses like Airbnb, turned out to be dystopian not utopian, and why this was the case.
  • Victor Mair at Language Log reports on controversy over bread made by a Taiwanese baker, and at the language used.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the latest proof of the decline of Harper’s as a meaningful magazine. (Myself, I lost respect for them when they published an extended AIDS denialist article in 2006.)
  • Allan Metcalfe at Lingua Franca celebrates, using the example of lexicographer Kory Stamper’s new book, how the blog helped him connect with the stars of linguistics.
  • Katherine Franke at the NYR Daily notes pressure from Israel directed against academic critics in the United States.
  • Emily Lakdawalla at the Planetary Society Blog notes how the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has picked up InSight hardware on the surface of Mars below.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel notes how NASA is running short of Plutonium-238, the radioactive isotope that it needs to power spacecraft like the Voyagers sent on long-duration missions and/or missions far from the sun.
  • Window on Eurasia notes how, based on an excess of deaths over births, the population of Crimea will decline for the foreseeable future.
  • Arnold Zwicky takes a look at some examples of the anaphora, a particular kind of rhetorical structure.