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[PHOTO] 175 Bloor Street at night

175 Bloor Street at night #toronto #bloorstrerteast #night #gallery #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

May 20, 2019 at 12:00 pm

[PHOTO] Five photos taken around Castle Frank Station

When I got off at Castle Frank Station last night around 5 o’clock, evening was already beginning to fade into twilight. The yellow leaves of fall stood out in the dim, standing east of the downtown along Yonge as the rush hour traffic inched still further east.

Around Castle Frank (1) #toronto #castlefrank #rosedale #bloorstreet #bloorstreeteast #fall #autumn #yellow #leaves #evening

Around Castle Frank (2) #toronto #castlefrank #rosedale #bloorstreet #bloorstreeteast #fall #autumn #yellow #leaves #skyline #evening

Around Castle Frank (3) #toronto #castlefrank #rosedale #bloorstreet #bloorstreeteast #fall #autumn #yellow #leaves #evening

Around Castle Frank (4) #toronto #castlefrank #rosedale #bloorstreet #bloorstreeteast #fall #autumn #yellow #leaves #evening

Around Castle Frank (5) #toronto #castlefrank #rosedale #bloorstreet #bloorstreeteast #fall #autumn #yellow #leaves #ravine #evening

Written by Randy McDonald

November 8, 2018 at 11:15 am

[PHOTO] Three photos of the night in Toronto

The tree light up brightly in blue and green is on Bloor Street East; the night shot was taken south on Bartlett Aveue looking past the tracks; the last photo, black and black, was taken looking past the trees in my backyard.

Tree aglow #toronto #bloorstreet #bloorstreeteast #trees #night #lights #green #blue

South on Bartlett past the tracks #toronto #bartlettavenue #davenport #dovercourtvillage #night #lights #path

Night past trees #toronto #dovercourtvillage #night #trees #black

Written by Randy McDonald

October 7, 2018 at 10:15 am

[PHOTO] Community, by Kirk Newman (2001)

Community, by Kirk Newman (2001)

Kirk Newman’s 2001 sculpture “Community” stands on the lawn of Manulife Financial’s headquarters on Bloor Street East.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 17, 2017 at 9:03 am

[URBAN NOTE] “The rebirth of Howard Street”

I quite like Dave Leblanc’s feature in The Globe and Mail describing efforts to revitalize the stretch of downtown Toronto where Parliament Street meets Bloor Street East.

Toronto, it is widely known, is a movie stand-in for Chicago, New York, and even Southern California (The Bridle Path has played Beverly Hills). Until recently, a long, triangular patch of land near Bloor and Parliament was a shoo-in for Detroit: a shabby Victorian stood alone in a weedy field, and, half a block away, a dead-end street sported a row of falling-down, boarded up semi-detached homes.

The area bounded by Sherbourne, Parliament, Howard and Bloor streets had been that way for two decades, give or take. In 2006, The Globe’s Alex Bozikovic wrote that the stub of Glen Rd. between the Bloor Street overpass and Howard Street was rife with hookers, drug dealers and crackheads. One home had a “large hole” in its roof; another had a tree taking root on its rotting, wet shingles. “I feel that the city has abandoned this neighbourhood,” one Glen Rd. resident told Mr. Bozikovic at the time.

It was a rare spot of neglect in an otherwise prosperous city. A few years later, however, Lanterra Developments handed heritage superheroes ERA Architects an assignment: Make something out of this.

“They wanted to do this development at the outer parts of the site, but they couldn’t really do anything with the centre just rotting,” remembers ERA’s Scott Weir, “so the first phase of this was ‘let’s make a beautiful district, whatever it takes to do that,’ so they did restoration on all of these almost un-repairable buildings.”

One of those “almost” dead buildings was the hulking, three-storey Victorian home that stood alone at 76 Howard St. After years of planning, Laurie McCulloch house movers pulled it, slowly, to its new digs at No. 28 just a few weeks ago. Hello, neighbours!

Written by Randy McDonald

December 26, 2016 at 7:15 pm

[URBAN NOTE] “There’s A New Subway On The Way”: @SwanBoatSteve on the Bloor-Danforth Line

Over at his blog, Steve Munro has a brilliant multi-post examination of the Bloor-Danforth subway line‘s birth, in time for the line’s 50th anniversary. (So far, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7.) Munro takes a look at the line from many angles–planning, construction, controversy, consequences for the rest of the TTC network–and includes all kinds of images. (I took the above from the fifth post in his series.) The entire series is strongly recommended.

[URBAN NOTE] “Bike Lanes on Bloor Street’s Horizon”

Torontoist’s Stephanie DePetrillo reports, at length and with charts and maps, about the push for a bike lane on Bloor Street.

The long-awaited plan for bike lanes on Bloor is slowly pedaling itself into reality. Last night was the first public drop-in event for Bloor Street bike lanes pilot project, where the plans were visually displayed for attendees to evaluate, comment on, and discuss with any of the other 200 people in attendance including local councillors and the planners themselves.

“What we’re seeking input on today is on our process. What we present is sort of the existing conditions, our opportunities, we want to make sure we’ve got that part of it right,” said Jacquelyn Hayward Gulati, Manager of Cycling Infrastructure and Programs, Transportation Service. “Most importantly we want to get people’s feedback on the design options.”

Poster-sized print outs were set up of the pilot project’s plans [PDF] along the edges of the gym at Trinity-St.Paul’s United Church in the Annex. Initially the plan started with three options, but Plan A would require no on-street parking, something business owners were concerned with. On the print-out, it was marked with a red “FAIL” stamp.

So people followed the two remaining plans—Plan B, which would offer curbside parking, and Plan C, which would put cyclists beside the curb—in the centre of the room. Two diagrams of each separate plan were printed out and laid across a long table, inviting people to walk along path from its westernmost start point, Shaw Street, to its end, Avenue Road. Than plan outlined the impact on the whole community—vehicular traffic, cycling traffic, pedestrians, and businesses.

Written by Randy McDonald

December 4, 2015 at 5:26 pm

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • blogTO notes an old mansion at Bloor and Sherbourne is being moved to make room for the new.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly talks about her routines and rituals.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes a catalog of nearby stellar systems.
  • Joe. My. God. observes the bizarrely rigid British ban on poppers sales.
  • Language Hat notes the remarkable flexible language used in Albanian bazaars.
  • Language Log notes a politely-worded anti-smoking sign in New York City’s Central Park, partly written in Chinese, and how this differs from the standard.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes that Central Americans have not benefited from globalized trade agreements, at all.
  • Marginal Revolution notes the underperformance of the white English.
  • The Planetary Society Blog’s Emily Lakdawalla examines the small moons of Pluto-Charon.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer announces the introduction of an economic history category.
  • Towleroad notes an anti-trans activist who led the successful fight against an anti-discrimination law, on the grounds that trans people would harass women, himself defended men who took illicit photos of women changing.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the Russian government is trying to present sanctions as the new normal.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • BlogTO links to vintage photographs of Bloor Street.
  • Centauri Dreams documents intergalactic flows of star-fueling hydrogen around the galaxy M82.
  • D-Brief explains what Hawking meant when he said black holes didn’t exist.
  • D-Brief explains what Hawking meant when he said black holes didn’t exist.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper analyzing the likely structures of the Nu Ophiuchi and Gliese 581 systems.
  • The Financial Times‘s World Blog doesn’t think Italy is likely to escape its institutional deadlock and examines the issues related to German-style labour market reforms in France.
  • The New APPS Blog’s Jon Cogburn writes an interesting piece comparing Nazi plans for conquered eastern Europe with North America’s own racial issues.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer links to a recent set of scenarios on Syria’s future. Best-case scenario involves a partition, worst-case scenario involves wholesale regional war.
  • Supernova Condensate takes a look at the pharmacology of tea.
  • Window on Eurasia notes China’s use of soft power to win hearts and minds in Central Asia.

[URBAN NOTE] “47 years of the Bloor – Danforth subway”

Reading my RSS feed this morning, I found out from the Toronto Transit blog’s Robert Mackenzie, who found out in turn from the Toronto Railway Historical Association, that yesterday and today are very special anniversaries for the west-east Bloor-Danforth subway line.

47 years ago today, February 25, 1966, the TTC officially opened the crosstown Bloor – Danforth subway. Regular service started 47 years ago tomorrow, February 26, 1966.

The new line, which then only stretched between Woodbine and Keele Stations, effectively doubled the city’s rapid transit system and seemed to herald the end (at least temporarily) of Toronto as a streetcar city.

After the line opened, the TTC abandoned regular streetcar service along many central Toronto streets[. . . ] Streetcars continued to operate along small sections of Danforth Avenue — between the end of the subway at Woodbine and Luttrel Avenue, near Dawes Road — and Bloor Street West — between the end of the subway at Keele and Jane Street — but not for long. By May 1968, the TTC had further extended the line eastward to Warden and westward to Islington. The subway finally reached Kipling and Kennedy in 1980.

Written by Randy McDonald

February 26, 2013 at 8:27 pm