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[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.

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

  • Architectuul interviews Vladimir Kulić, curator of the MoMA exhibition Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980, about the history of innovative architecture in Yugoslavia.
  • The Crux takes a look at the long search for hidden planets in the solar system, starting with Neptune and continuing to Tyche.
  • D-Brief notes that ISRO, the space agency of India, is planning on launching a mission to Venus, and is soliciting outside contributions.
  • Drew Ex Machina’s Andrew LePage writes about his efforts to photograph, from space, clouds over California’s Mount Whitney.
  • Earther notes that geoengineering is being considered as one strategy to help save the coral reefs.
  • Gizmodo takes a look at the limits, legal and otherwise, facing the Internet Archive in its preservation of humanity’s online history.
  • JSTOR Daily explains why the Loch Ness monster has the scientific binominal Nessiteras rhombopteryx.
  • Language Hat links to “The Poor Man of Nippur”, a short film by Cambridge academic Martin Worthington that may be the first film in the Babylonian language.
  • The LRB Blog notes the conflict between West Bank settlers and Airbnb. Am I churlish to wish that neither side wins?
  • Marginal Revolution links to a paper noting how quickly, after Poland regained its independence, human capital differences between the different parts of the once-divided country faded.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel takes a look at what it takes, in terms of element abundance and galactic structure, for life-bearing planets to form in the early universe, and when they can form.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: New York City, Niagara Falls, Seattle, Boston, Toronto vs Montréal

  • VICE notes that Airbnb is also having a negative impact on certain neighbourhoods in New York City.
  • It may be necessary to put up barricades at Niagara Falls, but it’s still sad. CBC reports</u..
  • Is Seattle the latest city at risk of being priced out of range of most locals? This Seattle Times opinion piece makes the case.
  • This Toronto Life ad suggesting things to do in a four-day stay in Boston makes that city look wonderful. One day …
  • Why not write an opera about the hockey rivalry between Toronto and Montréal? CBC reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: walking on Yonge, Ford Country, Doug Ford, Finch West, Airbnb

  • John Lorinc considers walking in Toronto, on Yonge Street, in the wake of the van attack, over at Spacing.
  • This classic Toronto Life tour of “Ford Country”, the Toronto landmarks in the career of the Ford brothers, is quite relevant in this election year.
  • Royson James is quite right to note the limit of Rob Ford’s outreach towards black and other minority youth, over at the Toronto Star.
  • blogTO reports on the start of construction of the Finch West LRT line. I sincerely hope it won’t be disrupted by election year change in the way the Eglinton subway was by the Harris government.
  • Sean Grisdale at Spacing notes the highly concentrated, and negative, impact of Airbnb on housing in downtown Toronto neighbourhoods.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Daniel Rotsztain, Coffee Time, museums, King Street, Medieval Times

  • Metro Toronto reports on the efforts of Daniel Rotsztain to explore Toronto through overnight Airbnb stays in different neighbourhoods.
  • blogTO reports that the famous (infamous?) Coffee Time at Dupont and Lansdowne has closed down! More tomorrow, I think.
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art on Sterling Road, in the Junction, is scheduled for a May 26 opening. NOW Toronto reports.
  • Apparently some people are protesting the King Street transit project by playing street hockey in front of the streetcars. blogTO reports.
  • Global News notes that Medieval Times, the Toronto theme restaurant, is going to have a ruling queen this year instead of a king.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Church and Wellesley, Ontario Place, Junction, Airbnb, Kleinburg

  • Jenna Moon talks about her experience living and loving in a Church and Wellesley that is starting to feel dangerous, over at the Toronto Star.
  • Toronto Life notes the lights of the Winter at Ontario Place festival, transforming the west island into a fantastical array of shapes at night. I must go see it.
  • Toronto Life profiles Nations Experience, an immense supermarket in the former Target Canada space in the Junction’s Stockyards that looks to be as much a tourist attraction as a store.
  • One Toronto condo owner is interviewed criticizing the new restrictions on Airbnb. (I wonder what his neighbours think.) The Toronto Star reports.
  • In Kleinburg, in Vaughan region, the definition of “detached home” has been rewritten to better enable development. The Toronto Star reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Four Toronto links: Doug Ford, marijuana, Airbnb, Lower Don Trail

  • Doug Ford is running for mayor in 2018, hoping to continue Rob’s legacy. (Doug was the more functional of the two.)
  • Toronto has cracked down successfully on a property owner in Cabbagetown using their buildings for Airbnb.
  • The Lower Don Trail is scheduled to reopen later this month, one year later than originally scheduled.
  • The LCBO will be the authorized seller of marijuana in Ontario. I think I largely support this: regulation matters.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm