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[URBAN NOTE] Five notes about cities: HQ2, subnational ties, mid-sized cities, rent, Trumpism

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  • MacLean’s notes that the bidding of so many cities for Amazon’s HQ2 had less to do with the actual bid and more with the optics of being able to make a bid.
  • Global News notes Trudeau’s touring of different American cities, like Los Angeles and Chicago, to emphasize Canadian ties with these cities. Canada, it seems, is working its subnational ties as well as the state-to-state ones.
  • Jennifer Keesmaat notes at MacLean’s that, with growing unaffordability in major Canadian centers like Toronto and Vancouver, mid-sized cities like Halifax and Winnipeg can take advantage if they implement the right policies.
  • Noah Smith notes a study by economists suggesting that rent control has only limited positive effects and worse negative ones, over at Bloomberg View.
  • Michael Adams and Doug Norris argue at The Globe and Mail that Canada, because of the concentration of such a greater share of our population in relatively few cities than the United States, is resistant to Trump-style populism.

[URBAN NOTE] Seven Toronto links: crime, politics, mass transit, Old City Hall, renters

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  • Florin from G+ was the first person to share the news that someone has been arrested for first-degree murder in the case of the disappearances of two queer men. This is shocking news; I am so sorry for the people affected by these losses. CBC reports.
  • Doug Ford is continuing to campaign for the mayoralty, despite an official warning that he should not start campaigning before the campaign legally starts. Ford Nation lives yet. The Toronto Star has the news.
  • Global News reports on a new tactic by pro-transit groups to try to get people behind the Downtown Relief Line. Good; we need it.
  • Controversy over a bike lane on Yonge Street in North York continues. The Toronto Star reports.
  • blogTO reports on the appealing suggestion that Old City Hall might be turned into a library and a museum. I would quite like this, actually.
  • Tess Kalinowski reports on how rising rents in Toronto are pushing more people to the 905 region, to Toronto suburbs like Mississauga and Vaughan, over at the Toronto Star.
  • John Lorinc at Spacing is harshly critical of an Ontario affordable housing policy that actually does little to ensure affordable rent, giving developers and municipalities effective vetoes over development.

[URBAN NOTE] Seven Toronto links: “Crane Girl”, stores, rent, King street, Eglinton, Etobicoke, more

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  • The story of Toronto’s “Crane Girl”, photographed stuck on a crane high above Wellesley Street, has come to an end with an absolute discharge. The National Post reports.
  • Alternative Thinking is unique among the stores once sheltered around Honest Ed’s in continuing to hang on. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Toronto has desperate need of affordable rental housing for the masses. Torontoist takes a look at the NIMBYs opposing one much-needed project.
  • Steve Munro at Torontoist takes an extended look at the data from the King Street pilot streetcar project. Some metrics seem encouraging, but more data–and a longer period of testing–is needed.
  • I look forward to seeing the various public art projects which will be decorating the stations of the Eglinton Crosstown line. The Toronto Star reports.
  • The suggestion of Peter Apswoude at NOW Toronto that Etobicoke is trending towards more denser development, including an actual downtown, is encouraging for the evolution of that Toronto area.
  • CBC’s Matthew Braga takes a look at the implications of the involvement of Sidewalk Labs, of Google, in the development of Quayside for privacy rights. How much data will be given up, exactly?

[URBAN NOTE] Seven Toronto links: Sidewalk Labs, Bentway, density, real estate, photos, PsiPhon

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  • David Rider reports on the promise of the head of Google’s Sidewalk Labs to make Toronto the “first truly 21st century city”, and what that means, over at the Toronto Star.
  • Richard Longley at NOW Toronto praises the Bentway for its subtly transformative nature.
  • MacLean’s reports at length on the Fraser Institute report suggesting Toronto and Vancouver do have plenty of room in which to become more dense.
  • The extent to which foreign capital plays a role in real estate markets in Toronto and Vancouver may well not be fully covered by current statistics, one argues at The Globe and Mail.
  • Toronto Life shares some Instagram photos from prominent Torontonians who have been off vacationing in warmer climes.
  • The Jewish Defense League is now becoming active in Toronto, apparently, and organizing against Muslims. Grand. NOW Toronto warns.
  • The app PsiPhon, designed in Toronto, is being used by Iranians seeking to avoid censorship at home. The Toronto Star reports.

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait shares a stunning photo of two galaxies colliding in the eternal night and considers the implications of the Milky Way’s future encounter with Andromeda.
  • Centauri Dreams looks at the latest discoveries regarding FRB 121102 and fast radio bursts generally.
  • Hornet Stories suggests that a recent ruling by the Inter American Court of Human Rights sets the stage for marriage equality across Latin America.
  • Inkfish notes that the biomass of dead squid mothers plays a major role in the environments and ecologies of seafloors.
  • JSTOR Daily suggests retirees can actually learn a lot from the lifestyles of members of the RV–recreational vehicle–community.
  • Language Hat reports on wordplay, and its translations, in the works of Homer.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the turn to anti-intellectualism among American conservatives.
  • At Lingua Franca, William Germano talks about telling numbers.
  • The LRB Blog notes the story of the English village of Imber, intentionally depopulated by the British military during the Second World War and never allowed to be restored.
  • The NYR Daily talks about a London exhibition on the art of our era of terrorism and terror.
  • The Planetary Society Blog reports on the latest Juno discoveries from Jupiter.
  • Progressive Download’s John Farrell reports on a debate as to whether the origin of life is a more difficult question than the origin of consciousness.
  • Roads and Kingdoms reports on the simple pleasures of an iced coffee enjoyed in the Australian Outback.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel U>considers an interesting question: is ours the only advanced civilization in the universe?
  • Understanding Society’s Daniel Little tackles the concept of organizational cultures.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests that post-1991 immigrants from the former Soviet Union form a tenth of the Russian labour force.

[NEWS] Four geopolitics links: democracy, Trump and China, India and Pakistan, western Balkans

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  • The suggestion by David Moscrop, at MacLean’s, that between the rise of authoritarian China and the Trump ascendancy in the US, liberal democracy may face particular peril this year seems worryingly plausible.
  • Evan Osnos at The New Yorker looks at how the savvy Chinese government is taking advantage of Trump’s incapacities.
  • This DefenseOne essay arguing that India is facing a point where it is unable to defeat Pakistan in conventional battle is worth noting.
  • This B92 essay arguing that the European Union should make special provisions for the western Balkans to avoid their protracted decay outside of the Union convinces me, at least.

[BLOG] Some Friday links

  • Architetuul considers the architectural potential offered by temporary constructions.
  • Centauri Dreams examines how the latest artificial intelligence routines were used to pick up the faint signal of Kepler-90i.
  • JSTOR Daily examines the sign language used by the deaf servants popular at the Ottoman imperial court.
  • Gizmodo notes that preliminary studies of ‘Oumuamua suggest that body is not a technological artifact.
  • Hornet Stories notes the bizarre friendship of Floyd Mayweather with Chechnya’s Ramzan Kadyrov.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the negative effects of NAFTA and globalization on the food eaten by Mexicans.
  • Geoffrey Pullum at Lingua Franca notes the fine line between dialectal differences and language errors.
  • The LRB Blog takes a quick look at corruption in the Russian bid for the World Cup in 2018.
  • The NYR Daily looks at Russian influence behind the Brexit referendum, noting the long-term need of the American and British democracies to adapt.
  • Jake Shears talks with Towleroad about the role that the city of New Orleans has been playing in his life and his creative work.