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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] Ten links on cities, in all their dimensions

  • The Conversation notes how Canadian cities need new revenue sources as their economies evolve.
  • Can Canada learn from a New Jersey trying to move homes and residents out of flood-prone areas? CBC reports.
  • CityLab looks at how St. Louis is finally removing the artificial concrete barriers blocking its streets and neighbourhoods.
  • The controversial “new towns” of the United Kingdom are the subject of this Guardian Cities feature.
  • Bloomberg looks at how second-tier cities in China like Wuhan are also competing for white-collar migrants.
  • JSTOR Daily looks at how urban architecture can be made to work better.
  • CityLab looks at the extent to which Millennials in North America really do like cities, and why.
  • CityLab examines the various reasons why Americans have become less mobile than many before, from a love for their community to note being able to move.
  • This Guardian Cities article looking at how British cities have become dependent on alcohol sales and nightclubbing, despite the social toll, is disturbing.
  • Justin Fox at Bloomberg looks at how cities like Buffalo and Pittsburgh can thrive despite losing population.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • Centauri Dreams takes a look at how new technology makes access to deep-sky astronomical images easier than ever, allowing for the recovery of more data.
  • The Crux considers the factors that make humans so inclined to believe in the existence of god and the supernatural, including our pattern-recognition skills.
  • D-Brief shares the latest research into the origins of the atmospheric haze of Titan.
  • Todd Schoepflin at the Everyday Sociology Blog has an intriguing post performing ethnography on the fans of the Buffalo Bills.
  • At A Fistful of Euros, Alexander Harrowell notes one thing to take from the elections in Bavaria is the remarkable strength of the Greens, nearing the CDU/CSU nationally.
  • io9 shares the delightful Alien-themed maternity photos of a British Columbia couple.
  • JSTOR Daily looks at contesting visions of motherhood among American feminists in the 1960s and 1970s.
  • Language Hat reports on “The Midnight Court”, a poem written in the 19th century in a now-extinct dialect of Irish.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes one astounding possible defense of Saudi Arabia faced with Jamal Khashoggi, that his death was accidental.
  • Christine Gordon Manley shares with her readers her words and her photos of Newfoundland’s dramatic Signal Hill.
  • The NYR Daily shares the witness of Käthe Kollwitz to the end of the First World War and the German Empire in 1918-1919.
  • Casey Dreier at the Planetary Society Blog criticizes First Man for not showing the excitement of Armstrong and the other Apollo astronauts.
  • Roads and Kingdoms reports on one woman’s search for the Korean cornbread remembered by her mother as a Korean War refugee.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel shares images of some of the most distant objects in the universe images by us so far.
  • Strange Company expands upon the interesting life of early modern English travel writer Thomas Coryat, who indeed does deserve more attention.
  • Window on Eurasia wonders where protests in Ingushetia regarding border changes with Chechnya are going.
  • Arnold Zwicky explores the fable of the forest that identified too closely with the wooden handle of an ax.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Port Hope, Buffalo, Omaha, Singapore, Tashkent

  • Port Hope, it turns out, is where the sequel to Stephen King’s It will be filmed. Global News reports.
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  • CityLab suggests that plans to enlist developers to refurbish the subway stations of Buffalo will harm the integrity of its subway stations. (I must get there, I think.)
  • CityLab notes how a television station in Omaha preserved an old train station it adopted as its home base, here.
  • CityLab notes how the Singapore portrayed in hit film Crazy Rich Asians does not represent Singapore and its issues wholly accurately.
  • Guardian Cities shares stunning photos of the architecture and design of the stations of the Tashkent metro, newly opened to photographers.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Winnipeg, Buffalo, Chicago, Tallinn, Duqm

  • The question of re-opening the storied intersection of Portage and Main, at the heart of Winnipeg, to pedestrian traffic is being hotly debated. The National Post reports.
  • CityLab describes how the New York city of Buffalo is enjoying a huge boom in the creation of public art.
  • Wired describes Chicago’s Wild Mile, a new riverine habitat ingeniously created for the manmade North Branch Canal.
  • The World Economic Forum reports that, on the theory that public transit is a public good, Estonia is making public transit free throughout the country, including in the capital of Tallinn.
  • Guardian Cities notes the energetic effort of Oman to create, where five years ago there was just desert, the new city of Duqm.

[NEWS] Five PEI links: anti-immigration, O’Leary, tourism, housing, Buffalo of Buffaloland

  • The Guardian reports on an Island woman’s publicizing of an anti-immigrant flyer being mailed out locally.
  • The West Prince community of O’Leary now has a family doctor again. The Guardian reports.
  • The 2018 tourist season on the Island so far is apparently going quite nicely, with 92 cruise ships coming by. CBC reports.
  • The Island housing market is continuing to boom with plenty of new investment. (What, I wonder, of housing prices?) CBC reports.
  • The buffalo of Buffaloland Provincial Park continue to grow in number, reaching a population of 56. CBC reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Mississauga, Buffalo, Surrey, Helsinki

  • CBC reports on a terrible hate crime committed against a Mississauga man.
  • The second Jollibee in the GTA, this one in Mississauga, is slated to open tomorrow. blogTO reports.
  • Making an old elementary school in Buffalo into a platform for solar panels and community activities is ingenious. Curbed reports.
  • MacLean’s reports on how a growing community of feral peacocks is complicating life for people in the British Columbia city of Surrey, here.
  • This description in Guardian Cities of the new central library in Helsinki makes this place, and Finland’s thriving library culture, sound very attractive.

[URBAN NOTE] Edmonton, Dartmouth, Montréal and Valérie Plante, Trump and the Bills

  • Global News notes a celebration of Harbin Gate, in Edmonton, a Chinese monument that may not be reassembled.
  • Dartmouth, it’s being said, is becoming the Brooklyn of Halifax. Global News reports.
  • It turns out that Donald Trump was involved in the push to keep the Buffalo Bills from moving to Toronto. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Chantal Hébert places the election of Valérie Plante as mayor of Montréal in the context of a backlash against elites.
  • Toula Drimonis at the National Observer places the election of Valérie Plante in the context of her strengths as a believable politician.

[BLOG] Some Sunday links

  • blogTO lists some interesting things to do and see in Toronto’s American neighbour, Buffalo.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly strongly defends contemporary journalism as essential for understanding the world.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money rightly takes issue with the claim identity politics hinders the US left. Remember New Deal coalitions?
  • Marginal Revolution notes just how expensive it is to run Harvard.
  • Otto Pohl notes the upcoming 76th anniversary of the Soviet deportation of the Volga Germans.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer reports on the remarkably fluent code-switching between English and French of some Washington D.C. subway riders.
  • Strange Maps notes rival food and fabric maps of India and Pakistan.
  • Tricia Wood at Torontoist argues that, for environmental and economic reasons, Ontario needs high-speed rail.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests Tatarstan has done a poor job of defending its sovereignty from the Russian government.

[URBAN NOTE] “The day that Toronto floated above Lake Ontario in Buffalo”

The Toronto Star‘s Ellen Brait describes an unusual mirage, an manifestation of Toronto in the skies above Buffalo one hot summer day in August 1894.

Buffalo residents were treated to an unusual sight on Aug. 16, 1894: a detailed image of Toronto hovering over Lake Ontario.

Or rather, “a city in the air,” according to a November 1894 Arizona Republic newspaper article.

For about an hour during the mid-morning, Toronto, its harbor, and the Island to the south of the city were visible to those on the ground in Buffalo. Normally Toronto is only visible to those high up over Buffalo.

“A close examination of the map showed that the mirage did not cause the slightest distortion, the gradual rise of the city from the water being rendered perfectly,” said an August 1894 edition of Scientific American magazine.

Despite being approximately 93 km away, witnesses on that fateful day could see a few ships, and for the first 10 minutes, even count downtown church spires.

Written by Randy McDonald

January 25, 2017 at 8:30 pm