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[URBAN NOTE] Five links about cities, from failing subways to changing neighbourhoods to borders

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  • The Globe and Mail‘s Joanna Slater talks about how the subway system of New York City is staggering from catastrophe to catastrophe.
  • The Globe and Mail’s Stephen Quinn argues it is much too late to save Vancouver’s Chinatown from radical redevelopment.
  • The Toronto Star‘s Tess Kalinowski writes about how young buyers are driving a push for laneway housing in Toronto.
  • Bryan Tucker, also in the Toronto Star, also makes the case for laneway housing.
  • The National Post shares a story about an affordable 18th century house on the Québec-Vermont border.

[URBAN NOTE] Six links about change and construction and architecture and ports in the GTA

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  • Brynn Aguilar in the Toronto Star reports on York Region police’s warning locals against climbing construction cranes.
  • Alex Bozikovic notes in The Globe and Mail that the nice new Albion library, in Rexdale, looks a lot like Kew Gardens’ in Queens.
  • Alex Bozikovic, also in The Globe and Mail, argues Toronto must determine what it wants for Davisville Junior Public School. Will it stay, or go?
  • blogTO notes that laneway housing will soon be made that much easier to provide in the City of Toronto.
  • CBC reports on an ambitious new plan to redevelop a vast commercial space on the southeast of Dundas and Bloor, in north Roncesvalles.
  • John McLeod in NOW Toronto is critical of the latest real estate moves of a relatively unaccountable PortsToronto.

[PHOTO] Fourteen photos of the laneway murals of Harbord Village

One special highlight Jane’s Walk tour of the eastern side of Harbord Village was the abundance of street art–often bright in colour, sometimes quite ingenious, never unattractive–on the garages and walls of the back alleys of the neighbourhood.

David French Lane, named after the late Canadian playwright, had its fair share.




Croft Street is particularly rich in this density.












Written by Randy McDonald

May 17, 2017 at 3:19 pm

[PHOTO] Alley of Rosemont, winter, at night

Alley of Rosemont, winter, at night

Written by Randy McDonald

January 24, 2017 at 9:46 am

[PHOTO] Alley, Dovercourt at Northumberland

Alley, Dovercourt at Northumberland #toronto #dovercourtvillage #alley #laneway #dovercourtroad #northumberlandstreet

I was walking home last evening from Ossington station, just as evening was shading into twilight, when I passed by this alley, just east of Dovercourt Road on Northumberland. This particular alley was oddly lit, almost glowing in the back away from the street. A quick photo with my cell phone ensued.

I like this photo, but it’s not exactly what I saw. It feels less luminous somehow. Perhaps it’s a consequence of my limited phone technology. More likely, it’s a consequence of my lack of formal training as a photographer. I used to say that I took photos to illustrate things, but now I want to do more than that, and I don’t quite now how to set about doing that.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 15, 2016 at 4:00 pm

[PHOTO] Entering the Alley, Honest Ed’s

Entering the Alley #toronto #fringe2016 #fringeto #honesteds #thealley

Written by Randy McDonald

July 3, 2016 at 3:17 pm

[BLOG] Some Friday links

  • blogTO notes laneway crawls in Toronto and notes a vacant lot in Leslieville is set to become a community market.
  • The Dragon’s Tales looks at atmospheric nitrogen on Earth and Venus.
  • Joe. My. God. confirms Prince’s death as a consequence of an opioid overdose.
  • The LRB Blog notes the importance of Felix the Cat in television broadcasting.
  • The Map Room Blog notes a collection of Atlantic Canadian maps.
  • Marginal Revolution talks about Indians taking good lessons from the Raj as well.
  • Peter Watts crows at the success of cephalopods on the changing Earth.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer notes the weakness of the Mexican welfare state.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the concentration of Russians in a bit more than a dozen major cities.