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[URBAN NOTE] Seven city links: Innisfil, Buffalo, Ottawa, Montréal, Winnipeg, Amsterdam, Singapore

  • The town of Innisfil is looking forward to some very futuristic developments. Global News reports.
  • Jeremy Deaton at CityLab reports on how, buffered by the Great Lakes, Buffalo NY may end gaining from climate change.
  • The Ottawa chain Bridgehead Coffee has been sold to national chain Second Cup. Global News reports.
  • Many of the more eye-raising installations in the Gay Village of Montréal have since been removed. CTV News reports.
  • Warming huts for homeless people in Winnipeg were torn down because the builders did not follow procedures. Global News reports.
  • Open Democracy looks at innovative new public governance of the city budget in Amsterdam, here.
  • Singapore, located in a well-positioned Southeast Asia and with working government, may take over from Hong Kong. Bloomberg View makes the case.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Fredericton, Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Riga

  • The city of Fredericton hopes a new strategy to attracting international migration to the New Brunswick capital will help its grow its population by 25 thousand. Global News reports.
  • Guardian Cities notes the controversy in Amsterdam as users of moped find themselves being pushed from using bike lanes.
  • Guardian Cities looks at how many in Athens think the city might do well to unbury the rivers covered under concrete and construction in the second half of the 20th century.
  • The Sagrada Familia, after more than 130 years of construction, has finally received a permit for construction from Barcelona city authorities. Global News reports.
  • Evan Gershkovich at the Moscow Times reports on how the recent ousting of the mayor of the Latvian capital of Riga for corruption is also seem through a lens of ethnic conflict.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Kingston, Ottawa, Amsterdam, Madrid, Yerevan

  • Kingston, Ontario, is currently doing its best to cope with flood risk from the rising Lake Ontario. Global News reports.
  • MacLean’s reports on an appalling expansion of the iconic Chateau Laurier in Ottawa.
  • CityLab reports on how Amsterdam is trying to avoid being overwhelmed by tourism.
  • Guardian Cities reports on how the new government in Madrid plans to scrap a low-emissions zone because of a belief that congestion is a Madrid tradition.
  • Roads and Kingdoms shares some tips for visitors to Yerevan.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Montréal, New York City, Seattle, Amsterdam, Istanbul

  • A statue of Queen Victoria has been vandalized in Montréal, the act claimed by an anti-colonialist coalition. Global News reports.
  • Guardian Cities profiled an Instagram account, thedoorsofnyc, concentrating on the unique doors of New York City.
  • Billionaire urbanism is identified by this article at The Stranger as the downfall of the waterfront of Seattle.
  • CityLab notes that the government of Amsterdam is now requiring owners of new homes to live in their property, limiting the ability to rent them out.
  • The Atlantic notes the criticisms of many urbanists in Istanbul that restorations of the city’s ancient heritage are actually destroying them, at least as survivals from the past.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: New York City, Calgary, London, Amsterdam, Dakar

  • In remembering Stan Lee, CityLab points to the evocative image of New York City that he and Marvel Comics created.
  • Global News notes that Calgary is approaching the day of its referendum over the 2026 Winter Olympics. (Calgarians, vote against the idea.)
  • Guardian Cities shares these images depicting what London would look like if any number of plans for new architectural wonders had come to pass.
  • CityLab notes how community activity helped reclaim Zeedijk street in Amsterdam.
  • Guardian Cities shares photos of the final days of the traditional fish market in the Senegalese capital of Dakar.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Montréal, Miami, Amsterdam, Doha, Macau

  • The MTLBlog notes that the rainbow balls above the Village gay on rue Sainte-Catherine are being taken down, permanently.
  • CityLab notes efforts to preserve the unique architecture of the shotgun homes of the 19th century settlers of Miami.
  • Guardian Cities shares photos of the largest squat in Amsterdam, set for redevelopment after two decades.
  • Guardian Cities reports on the extreme segregation of migrant workers in Qatar’s Doha from the native population, so strict that they are even consigned to a separate shopping mall.
  • Business Insider reports on the way in which the old Portuguese and Lusophone elites of Macau are being squeezed out by Chinese influence.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: governance, housing bubbles, monuments, fiction, Brooklyn

  • Wayne Roberts at NOW Toronto makes the point that, in the wake of the Doug Ford government, cities in Canada need to get solid grounds for autonomy.
  • Toronto and Vancouver rank alongside world cities including Hong Kong, London, Amsterdam, and Munich as being at risk of housing bubbles. CBC reports.
  • Guardian Cities takes a look at what cities around the world are doing with regards to contentious public monuments, here.
  • CityLab has an interesting roundup of recent online fiction about cities, here.
  • Justin Fox at Bloomberg View makes the case that Brooklyn is setting a general good standard for the atmosphere of American cities generally, notwithstanding issues. (I’d add that the influence of the Brooklyn model is not limited to the United States.)

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: greening vacant lots, lost St. Lawrence, Vaughan, Amsterdam, Ashgabat

  • CityLab takes a look at how greening vacant lots can improve the mental health of the people living in different neighbourhoods.
  • Paul Soucy at Global News reports on the lost villages of the St. Lawrence, drowned in the 1950s by the creation of the St. Lawrence Seaway near Cornwall.
  • There is controversy in Vaughan over a plan to sell public parkland to a developer. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Is Amsterdam at risk of being hollowed out as mass tourism makes it a destination for partying tourists? Guardian Cities reports.
  • David Farrier writes for Guardian Cities about his experiences in the strange new model city of Ashgabat, capital of Turkmenistan.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Doug Ford, Labyrinth, SmartTrack, night planning, Toronto Islands

  • NOW Toronto notes how Doug Ford positions himself as an ally to the black community of Toronto, and how this has hardly been non-problematic, here>.
  • Annex comic store Labyrinth is set to close, alas. NOW Toronto reports.
  • The SmartTrack plan for more commuter rail put forth by the mayor could cost an extra quarter-billion dollars. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Edward Keenan makes the point that, like other cities such as Amsterdam and Berlin, Toronto needs to do a better job of planning for the night. The Toronto Star has it.
  • Toronto Guardian shares some lovely vintage photos of the Toronto Islands, here.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: New York City, Shenzhen and Guangzhou, Berlin, Amsterdam, Istanbul

  • What does the impending demolition of the venerable Union Carbide tower, at 270 Park Avenue, to make way for a new ultratall skyscraper say about changing New York City? New York reports.
  • The South China Morning Post observes how the cities of Shenzhen and Guangzhou, though still behind Hong Kong, are starting to advance past it as a result of these cities’ sustained investment in innovative technologies.
  • Aldi in Berlin will apparently build affordable student housing on top of at least some of its new discount food stores in Berlin. Bloomberg reports.
  • This VICE article looking at the lives of lonely people in Amsterdam, many newcomers, is affecting.
  • The Crisis Group looks at how Syrian refugees, of diverse ethnicities and religions, are finding a new home in the multiethnic Istanbul neighbourhood of Sultangazi.