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[URBAN NOTE] Five cities links: Plattsburgh, Montréal, Cincinnati, Palm Springs, Almaty

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  • The New York city of Plattsburgh is trying to limit Bitcoin mining locally, to avoid overusing its low electricity prices. VICE reports.
  • The LA Review of Books shares a story of a visitor’s engagement with the Montréal of Saul Bellow, here.
  • Lyman Stone suggests that Cincinnati, even more than Pittsburgh, is in the middle of a noteworthy renaissance, over at In A State of Migration.
  • Palm Springs, in the California desert, apparently is in the middle of an eye-catching renewal. The Globe and Mail reports.
  • Open Democracy looks at this new effort to preserve the Soviet-era architectural heritage of Almaty, Kazakhstan’s old capital city, here.

[PHOTO] Bedroom from the Sagredo Palace, Venice, circa 1718 (@metmuseum)

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Bedroom from the Sagredo Palace, Venice, circa 1718 #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #metmuseum #venice #sagredo #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

March 16, 2018 at 11:45 am

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Markham, Hamilton, London, Detroit and Windsor, Vancouver

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  • Toronto Life takes a look at the new Aaniin community centre in Markham.
  • The Tower, an anarchist centre in Hamilton, got vandalized in turn after a spate of pointless anarchist vandalism on Locke Street. CBC reports.
  • Will the city of London get plugged into a high-speed rail route? One only hopes, and in the interim, one plans. Global News reports.
  • Making the border crossing between Detroit and Windsor a model for Ireland post-Brexit is a terrible idea. CBC reports.
  • Can Vancouver help solve the problem of housing for the young, including students, by having them rent rooms from compatible older folks? Global News examines the proposal.

[PHOTO] Three photos of Fairview Mall (@cffairviewmall)

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Friday evening was the first time I visited North York’s Fairview Mall; it’s the first time I’d visited Don Mills station, even, the easternmost outpost of the Sheppard subway line. I really did feel as if I was venturing into unexplored territory–I can be such a downtown parochialist.

Fairview Mall (1) #toronto #northyork #fairviewmall #shoppingmall #architecture #latergram

Fairview Mall (2) #toronto #northyork #fairviewmall #shoppingmall #architecture #latergram

Fairview Mall (3) #toronto #northyork #fairviewmall #shoppingmall #architecture #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

March 13, 2018 at 10:30 am

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

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  • At Anthropology.net, Kambiz Kamrani notes evidence that Australopithecus africanus suffered the same sorts of dental issues as modern humans.
  • Architectuul considers, in the specific context of Portugal, a project by architects seeking to create new vehicles and new designs to enable protest.
  • Bad Astronomy’s Phil Plait looks at HD 34445, a Sun-like star somewhat older than our own that has two gas giants within its circumstellar habitable zone. Could these worlds have moons which could support life?
  • James Bow celebrates Osgoode as Gold, the next installment in the Toronto Comics anthology of local stories.
  • At Crooked Timber, Henry Farrell in the wake of Italian elections revisits the idea of post-democratic politics, of elections which cannot change things.
  • D-Brief notes that monkeys given ayahuasca seem to have been thereby cured of their depression. Are there implications for humans, here?
  • Dangerous Minds notes the facekini, apparently a popular accessory for Chinese beach-goers.
  • Imageo notes the shocking scale of snowpack decline in the western United States, something with long-term consequences for water supplies.
  • JSTOR Daily notes a paper suggesting that the cultivation of coffee does not harm–perhaps more accurately, need not harm–biodiversity.
  • Robert Farley at Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the potential of the United States to start to extricate itself from the ongoing catastrophe in Yemen.
  • The NYR Daily features an interview with photographer Dominique Nabokov about her photos of living rooms.
  • Drew Rowsome writes a mostly-positive review of the new drama Rise, set around a high school performance of Spring Awakening. If only the lead, the drama teacher behind the production, was not straight-washed.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel makes the case that there are only three major types of planets, Terran and Neptunian and Jovian.
  • Towleroad notes the awkward coming out of actor Lee Pace.
  • Worthwhile Canadian Initiative suggests one way to try to limit the proliferation of guns would be to engineer in planned obsolescence, at least ensuring turnover.
  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell U>notes that one of his suggestions, ensuring that different national governments should have access to independent surveillance satellites allowing them to accurately evaluate situations on the ground, is in fact being taken up.

[PHOTO] Three photos taken around the Great Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art (@metmuseum)

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The Great Hall of the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Fifth Avenue is a vast space welcoming visitors inside. I’d wanted to photograph it, but the size of this space and its layout is such that I could only photograph select portions.

Around the Great Hall (1) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan ##metmuseum #greathall #architecture #latergram

Around the Great Hall (2) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #stairs #metmuseum #greathall #architecture #latergram

Around the Great Hall (3) #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #dome #metmuseum #greathall #architecture #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

March 6, 2018 at 11:05 am

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: new rail stations, neighbourhood voergrown, Myseum, The Ward

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  • Steve Munro takes a look at designs for new Smarttrack and GO Transit stations.
  • While it’s good that the population of Toronto is growing so strongly, that so much of the growth is concentrated in underserviced neighbourhoods is a problem. The Toronto Star reports.
  • In some neighbourhoods, new construction means some parents can’t send their children to local schools. The Toronto Star reports.
  • NOW Toronto profiles the Intersections program of pop-up museum Myseum, looking at gentrification and other change in neighbourhoods.
  • In The Globe and Mail, Chris Bateman uses old census data to identify a young girl and her brother photographed in 1913 in the now-vanished Ward.