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[URBAN NOTE] Twelve Toronto links

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  • Edward Keenan is entirely right to praise the idea of exploring the cherry blossoms of Toronto by foot. The Toronto Star has it.
  • Mark Cullen noted last week the struggle to keep what may be the oldest tree in Toronto, a red soak more than three centuries old, alive, over at the Toronto Star.
  • John Tory is quite right to note that Toronto needs to prepare for possible surges of refugees. CBC reports.
  • A Scarborough mansion that has been abandoned for years has just sold for $C 3.8 million. The Toronto Star reports.
  • The infamous Giraffe building on the northwest corner of Dundas West and Bloor may be set to disappear, finally, under a wave of new construction there. Toronto Life reports.
  • blogTO makes the case that west-end Rogers Road is becoming the new centre of the Portuguese-Canadian community, here.
  • Orfus Road, off Dufferin Street near Yorkdale, is a place to go for outlet stores and discounted merchandise. blogTO notes.
  • The TTC has cancelled its weekend closures of parts of different subway routes after disputes with the union. The Toronto Star reports.
  • By one metric, Toronto falls behind only New York City in the race for the Amazon HQ2. The Toronto Star reports.
  • NOW Toronto tells the story of someone who grew marijuana in their backyard, here.
  • An AI Weiwei show will be coming to Toronto in 2019. NOW Toronto reports.
  • Peter Knegt profiles Toronto drag queen Sofonda Cox, over at CBC.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: #yongeandstrong, Bloordale, rental housing crisis, Green Line

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  • Toronto Life has a nice photo-heavy feature sharing the experiences of some of the witnesses and survivors of the North York van attack.
  • NOW Toronto reports on the discontent of Bloordale residents with the latest proposal for development on the southwest corner of Bloor and Dufferin.
  • Prices for rental housing continue to rise beyond the city of Toronto, in the wider GTA. CBC reports.
  • The idea of a crisis of affordability for Toronto renters, with one-quarter having to pay half or more of their income in rent, is very real. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Public consultation on the plan for a Green Line network of parks, extending from Bathurst Street up to Earlscourt Park, will close on Friday. Submissions can be made here.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Kanagaratnam, Bloordale, Bloor and Dundas, Etobicoke, Bloor West

  • Fatima Syed and Wendy Gillis tell the story of Kirushnakumar Kanagaratnam, a Sri Lankan Tamil whose failed application for refugee status in Canada after travelling on the MV Sun Sea led directly to his death at the hands of McArthur. The Toronto Star has it.
  • The developer hoping to transform the southwest corner of Bloor and Dufferin has opted to redesign the development following community criticism. CBC reports.
  • The sheer scale of the planned development on the southeast corner of Bloor Street West and Dundas Street West is such that a new neighbourhood would come into being. Wow. The Toronto Star has it.
  • The plan for SmartTrack would leave the residents of an Etobicoke development next to a GO rail yard subject to terrible levels of noise and air pollution. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Is Bloor Street West going to become the next Yonge Street, an uninterrupted string of high-density development? Not without differences, at least. The Toronto Star looks at the issue.

[PHOTO] West past where Honest Ed’s was

I was walking west on Bloor past Bathurst Street last night when I took at the space where Honest Ed’s used to be. There’s still nothing there, only a wire fence separating the space of the former Honest Ed’s from Bathurst to the east and a more robust and lit pathway solidly blocked off to the north.

West past where Honest Ed's was #toronto #honesteds #bloorstreetwest #bathurststreet #demolition #intersection

Written by Randy McDonald

April 20, 2018 at 10:35 am

[PHOTO] Window of Elegant Gifts, 902 Bloor Street West

Window of Elegant Gifts, 902 Bloor Street West #toronto #night #window #bloorcourt #bloorstreetwest #shopping #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

April 19, 2018 at 12:00 pm

[PHOTO] Four photos taken on Dovercourt Road at night, from Hepbourne to Dupont

Last night after midnight, I found myself taking a walk north on Dovercourt Road, starting at College Street and heading up to Dupont Street at home. It took a half-hour in the light rain, giving me plenty of time to take in the street as it changed. The night, I was reminded, can be colourful, even if the colours are muted.

Towers behind church, Dovercourt and Hepbourne #toronto #dufferingrove #dovercourtroad #hepbournestreet #night #lights #latergram

Looking north, Dovercourt and Bloor #toronto #bloorcourt #dovercourtroad #bloorstreet #bloorstreetwest #lights #night #rain #latergram

Looking north, Dovercourt and Hallam #toronto #dovercourtvillage #dovercourtroad #hallamstreet #lights #night #rain #latergram

Looking north, Dovercourt and Dupont #toronto #dovercourtvillage #dovercourtroad #dupontstreet #lights #night #rain #latergram

[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.