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[URBAN NOTE] Six Toronto links: Come From Away, Toronto Tool Library, 401 Richmond, homeless, crime

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  • Toronto Life interviews the creators of hit musical Come From Away, come back from New York City to play in Toronto.
  • blogTO notes that crowdfunding has saved the Toronto Tool Library.
  • Toronto city council backs a bigger tax break for culture hubs like 401 Richmond, the Toronto Star reports.
  • Paul Salvatori at NOW Toronto reports on one night–sad, fearful–that he spent in a Toronto shelter for the homeless. Surely the city can do better?
  • The Church of the Holy Trinity recently saw a memorial ceremony for the homeless of Toronto. The Toronto Star reports.
  • The iconic Leuty lifeguard station, down at Woodbine Beach, was recently tagged with racist graffiti. Police are investigating.
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[BLOG] Some Friday links

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  • anthro{dendum} hosts Alexia Maddox’s essay on her experience doing ethnographic work on Darknet drug markets.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly writes about how the creative life, contrary to some imaginings, is not self-sustaining. It desperately needs external support–an outside job, perhaps.
  • Bruce Dorminey writes about how the climate of Chile, especially the Atacame, is perfect for astronomy.
  • JSTOR Daily shares a paper talking about how Alexander Pushkin, the 19th century Russian author, was demonstrably proud of his African ancestry.
  • Language Hat links to a new article on rongorongo, the mysterious and undeciphered script of the Rapa Nui of Polynesian Easter Island.
  • Lingua Franca, at the Chronicle, notes in passing the oddness of restrictions imposed by customs in Chile on taking ordinary books into the country.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes a bizarrely parochial article from the New York Times talking down to Los Angeles.
  • The Map Room Blog links to some interesting articles, from The New York Times recently and from the Atlantic in 2012, about the art of gerrymandering.
  • The NYR Daily looks at the import of the Nunes memo for Trump and Russian-American relations.
  • Roads and Kingdoms considers the simple pleasures of a snack featuring canned fish by the beach in Mallorca.
  • Drew Rowsome quite approves of this year’s gay romance film Sebastian, set here in Toronto.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel notes that, contrary to predictions, most satellite galaxies orbit in the same plane as their hosts. This is a problem for dark matter.</li
  • Towleroad notes that some are lobbying Amazon not to locate its HQ2 in a city without human rights protections for LGBT people.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: #winterstations, Toronto Islands, King Street, 401 Richmond, coffee

  • Muriel Draaisma talks at CBC about the art installations selected for this year’s iteration of Winter Stations, including a “Pussy Hut”.
  • The City of Toronto has, unaccountably, decided not to allocate all the money needed to repair the Toronto Islands after last year’s flooding. CBC reports.
  • Mayor John Tory talks about the various plans–some new, some I think old–to bring more people to King Street during the transit experiment, over at the Toronto Star.
  • This Toronto Star article about changes to taxation that will let downtown arts centres, like 401 Richmond, not get priced out of their homes is older but still quite important.
  • blogTO notes local upset in Corso Italia that the local Starbucks, at Dufferin and St. Clair (not far from me!) is set to close. (I’ve never been there, which I suppose helps clear up any mystery around the closing.)

[PHOTO] Eleven photos from the beach, Humber Bay Park East

It was a fine thing to walk along the shores of Humber Bay Park East, on this warm September afternoon as it turned into evening. This park, more than others, exists at something of a remove from the rest of Toronto, surrounded by ocean and with the downtown barely visible in the distance. It was a perfect place for people to visit and relax and take in the last of the warm sun in a summer short on both.

Looking east #toronto #humberbayparkeast #humberbay #lakeontario #beaches #skyline #latergram

Ship in the harbour #toronto #humberbayparkeast #humberbay #lakeontario #beaches #boats #latergram

Shore #toronto #humberbayparkeast #humberbay #lakeontario #beaches #pebbles #stone #latergram

Couple on the shore #toronto #humberbayparkeast #humberbay #lakeontario #beaches #trees #couple #pebbles #stone #latergram

On the beach #toronto #humberbayparkeast #humberbay #lakeontario #beaches #trees  #latergram

Towards Toronto #toronto #humberbayparkeast #humberbay #lakeontario #beaches #skyline #trees  #latergram

Shore #toronto #humberbayparkeast #humberbay #lakeontario #beaches #trees #latergram

Picknicking #toronto #humberbayparkeast #humberbay #lakeontario #beaches #trees #latergram

Stream #toronto #humberbayparkeast #humberbay #lakeontario #beaches #trees #stream #latergram

Posed by the shore #toronto #humberbayparkeast #humberbay #lakeontario #beaches #trees #stream #latergram

Distant ship #toronto #humberbayparkeast #humberbay #lakeontario #beaches #trees #boats #stream #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

December 3, 2017 at 11:30 am

[PHOTO] Five photos of the “Toronto” sign in Humber Bay Shores Park

The “Toronto” sign built this July out of stray driftwood by Toronto artists Thelia Sanders-Shelton and Julie Ryan out of driftwood on a breakwater in Humber Bay Shores Park got a significant amount of press coverage. It even went viral. I was sadened to learn that storms and the hostile weather of fall generally has torn the sign down to almost nothing. At least we have our photos and memories–I certainly have mine.

"Toronto" (1) #toronto #torontodriftwoodsign #driftwood #humberbay #humberbayshorespark #beaches #lakeontario #shorelandarts #skyline #flags #latergram

"Toronto" (2) #toronto #torontodriftwoodsign #driftwood #humberbay #humberbayshorespark #beaches #lakeontario #shorelandarts #skyline #flags #latergram

"Toronto" (3) #toronto #torontodriftwoodsign #driftwood #humberbay #humberbayshorespark #beaches #lakeontario #shorelandarts #skyline #flags #latergram

"Toronto" (4) #toronto #torontodriftwoodsign #driftwood #humberbay #humberbayshorespark #beaches #lakeontario #shorelandarts #skyline #flags #latergram>

"Toronto" (5) #toronto #torontodriftwoodsign #driftwood #humberbay #humberbayshorespark #beaches #lakeontario #shorelandarts #skyline #flags #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

December 1, 2017 at 8:53 pm

[NEWS] Five links on cities: Vancouver, Edmonton, Portland, Hull, central and eastern Europe

  • A new housing policy in Vancouver will focus, among other things, on underused and housing in well-off neighbourhoods. Global News reports.
  • Can Edmonton’s Accidental Beach survive? Maybe, if federal regulation and the ever-shifting waters of the North Saskatchewan River permit. Global News reports.
  • Daily JSTOR links to a collection of articles explaining just how the Oregon city of Portland became a hipster mecca, here.
  • Alec Charles’ examination of the English city of Hull, a British City of Culture that is not only marginalized from mainstream Britain but at odds with the world (strongly pro-Brexit and all), is provocative. The article is here.
  • Politico.eu notes how the failure of central and eastern European cities to pick up new EU agencies after Brexit underlines, for many, their continuing marginalization in Europe.

[PHOTO] Eight photos from Sir Casimir Gzowski Park, Sunnyside, Toronto

The Sir Casimir Gzowski Park, occupying the western end of Sunnyside Beach is a beautiful destination in itself, the strand caught between sea and park. The views this park offers of the world beyond, of the skyline of Toronto around and of the deep blue sea of Lake Ontario to the south, are inspiring.

Down to the beach (1) #toronto #sunnysidebeach #humberbay #lakeontario #sircasimirgzowskipark #beaches #birds #swans #latergram

Down to the beach (2) #toronto #sunnysidebeach #humberbay #lakeontario #sircasimirgzowskipark #beaches #horizon #skyline #birds #swans #latergram

Down to the beach (3) #toronto #sunnysidebeach #humberbay #lakeontario #sircasimirgzowskipark #beaches #horizon #skyline #cntower #birds #swans #latergram

Down to the beach (4) #toronto #sunnysidebeach #humberbay #lakeontario #sircasimirgzowskipark #beaches #birds #swans #latergram

Down to the beach (5) #toronto #sunnysidebeach #humberbay #lakeontario #sircasimirgzowskipark #beaches #latergram

Down to the beach (6) #toronto #sunnysidebeach #humberbay #lakeontario #sircasimirgzowskipark #beaches #skyline #cntower #latergram

Down to the beach (7) #toronto #sunnysidebeach #humberbay #lakeontario #sircasimirgzowskipark #beaches #birds #latergram

Down to the beach (8) #toronto #sunnysidebeach #humberbay #lakeontario #sircasimirgzowskipark #beaches #birds #skyline #cntower #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

November 24, 2017 at 9:25 am