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[URBAN NOTE] Fifteen urban links

  • It has been forty years since a train derailment that threatened to unleash toxic chemicals on Mississauga resulted in a remarkably successful mass evacuation. CBC reports.
  • There is a Vimy display in Kingston’s Communications and Electronics Museum. Global News reports.
  • It is unsettling that the Ontario city of Hamilton reports such a high levels of hate crimes. CBC reports.
  • Le Devoir shares a warning that inattention to language means that Longueuil could end up becoming as English/French bilingual as the West Island.
  • VICE reports on how the dying desert town of California City is hoping for a revival based on cannabis, here</u.
  • MacLean’s tells the story about how an encounter of koi with local otters in Vancouver reflects a human culture clash, too.
  • SCMP looks at how planners want to use big data to make Shenzhen a “smart socialist” city, here.
  • CityLab hosts an article by Andrew Kenney looking at the importance of an old map of Denver for he, a newcomer to the city.
  • These photos of the recent acqua alta in Venice are heartbreaking. CityLab has them.
  • JSTOR Daily tells the story of an ill-timed parade in 1918 Philadelphia that helped the Spanish flu spread throughout the city.
  • The LRB Blog looks at a corner of Berlin marked by the history of German Southwest Africa.
  • Guardian Cities shares a remarkable ambitious plan to remake Addis Ababa into a global city.
  • Durban, in South Africa, may offer lessons for other southern African metropolises. Guardian Cities reports.
  • The NYR Daily recently took a look at what happened to so completely gentrify the West Village of New York City.
  • Feargus O’Sullivan at CityLab takes a look at a new documentary, If New York Was Called Angouleme. What if the site of New York City was colonized by the French in the early 16th century?

[URBAN NOTE] Six Toronto links: Downsview Park, Christie Pits, Queen Video, public art, Joanna Luo

  • A formal inquest into the stage collapse that killed one person at a Radiohead concert at Downsview Park in 2012 is only now taking off. CBC reports.
  • The May opening of a new exhibit of Robert Mapplethorpe’s work at the Olga Korper Gallery, reported by NOW Toronto, is very exciting.
  • blogTO notes a new graphic novel to be put out by Dirty Water Comics dealing with the anti-Semitic Christie Pits Riot of 1933.
  • Queen Video’s last location, in the Annex, is finally closing, with plenty of its titles now available to be bought before it shutters its doors at the end of April. Global News reports.
  • NOW Toronto reports on Museum II, a show part of the Myseum Intersections Festival looking at the impact of war and trauma on spaces.
  • Karon Liu, writing at the Toronto Star, explores with WeChat influencer Joanna Luo a whole universe of Chinese restaurants and social networking that was almost unknown to many Torontonians like myself.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Yonge and Eglinton, TD Centre, TTC, budget, Cantonese opera

  • Urban Toronto notes that Yonge and Eglinton is now being torn apart, again, for Eglinton Crosstown construction.
  • Chris Bateman writes at CityLab about the singular achievement of Mies Van der Rohe in designing the TD Centre.
  • blogTO reports that the TTC has abandoned the policy of collecting personal information from passengers accused of misconduct, an echo of police carding.
  • John Lorinc writes at Spacing about ways to reframe the language used in debating the budget of the City of Toronto.
  • Arlene Chan at Spacing tells the century-long history of Cantonese opera in Toronto.

[URBAN NOTE] Seven Montréal links: ice shove, Little Burgundy, development, population, architecture

  • CBC Montreal reports on the “Ice shove” that featured every winter in the port of Montréal in the 19th century.
  • This opinion piece in the Montreal Gazette remembers the expropriations which fatally undermined the substantially African-Canadian neighbourhood of Little Burgundy.
  • CityLab notes the controversy, aggravated by municipal politics, of the Royalmount megamall, in the Montréal enclave of the Town of Mount Royal.
  • A Québec Solidaire MNA’s criticism of Chinese investors in real estate has been criticized by Chinese-Canadians in Montréal as racist. CTV News reports.
  • La Presse notes that suburbanization proceeds in Montréal, as migration from the island of Montréal to off-island suburbs grows.
  • The glorious Insectarium of Montréal will be closed for two years, for a makeover. CBC reports.
  • Le Devoir considers the future of the Buckminister Fuller Biosphère on ile Sainte-Hélène, caught between falling funding and the lack of a clear mission for this structure.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Markham, Gimli, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Sydney

  • York Region reports on an anti-refugee protest in Markham that, reportedly, was dominated by Chinese-Canadian protesters.
  • Gimli’s 18th annual film festival has been a roaring success. Global News reports.
  • What has become of downtown Winnipeg after the city’s hockey team, the beloved Jets, finished their playoff run? Global News reports.
  • The voice of Seth Rogan will be the voice of Vancouver’s mass transit service, announcing stops and the like. CBC reports.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw reports on how problems of growth surround–literally–Astrolabe Park, in Sydney.

[PHOTO] Sixteen photos of the Pacific Mall (@thepacificmall)

The Pacific Mall, on the north side of Steele’s Avenue in Markham just the other side of the street from Toronto proper, is one of the GTA’s best-known Chinese shopping malls. Twenty years old, it can still draw crowds late on a Friday evening.

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Written by Randy McDonald

January 9, 2018 at 11:00 am

[URBAN NOTE] “Toronto’s changing Chinatown: who is it for?”

NOW Toronto‘s Michelle da Silva reports on how Toronto’s main Chinatown, along Spadina Avenue, has been changing with growing immigration and diversification among Chinese Canadians. Where is the neighbourhood heading?

When Craig Wong lived in Paris in his early 20s, he felt deeply homesick. He was there to cook for renowned chef Alain Ducasse after attending culinary school at Institut Paul Bocuse in Lyon. On his days off, he’d wander the 13th arrondissement of the capital, where Chinatown is located.

The Scarborough-raised chef, after spending most of his waking hours cooking high-end French food, missed the flavours of home, the ones that reminded him of Toronto’s Chinatown: the cacophony of Chinese dialects weaving in and out of erhu music, the sight of roasted pork glistening in restaurant windows and the scent of dried mushrooms and tea leaves floating from herbal shops. Paris didn’t cut it.

“It was the shittiest Chinatown I’d ever seen,” he recalls, seated at a table at the recently opened Jackpot Chicken Rice, his trendy new casual restaurant on Spadina. “The way they treated Chinese food was really bad.”

As for many Canadians of Chinese heritage, many of Wong’s formative memories are deeply rooted in the stretch of Spadina around Dundas. He can point to the grocery stores and restaurants he used to frequent with family, and the house his dad lived in for a short time on Baldwin.

As a teen, Wong would skip school with Ivy Lam, his high school sweetheart and now wife, and end up at the “banh mi shop with the green sign” located, coincidentally, in exactly the same space that Jackpot now occupies.

In the 1980s, the Chinatown at Spadina and Dundas looked remarkably similar to today’s. Its residents, however, were different – mostly Taishanese people from China’s southern Guangdong province, to which Wong traces his family lineage. Today the dominant Chinese population is Fujianese. Toronto’s other Chinatown at Broadview and Gerrard had, and has, a mix of Chinese and Vietnamese. Both districts grew out of the Chinatown that ran along Elizabeth Street in the Ward, a so-called slum populated by immigrants including European Jews, Italians, African-Americans and Chinese settlers following the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway.

Written by Randy McDonald

January 29, 2017 at 8:45 pm