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Posts Tagged ‘coffee

[PHOTO] Abandoned Second Cup, future Miss Korea

Abandoned Second Cup, future Miss Korea #toronto #charlesstreetpromenade #yongeandbloor #abandoned #restaurants #secondcup #misskorea #streetscape

Written by Randy McDonald

August 3, 2020 at 12:00 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Seven city links: Pierrefonds, Edmundston, Saskatoon, Louisville, Belfast, Jerusalem …

  • Ending free coffee for municipal employees in the Québec community of Pierrefonds created massive controversy. CBC reports.
  • The mayor of the Francophone city of Edmundston in New Brunswick has encouraged immigrant Québec students hurt by immigration changes to come to his community. CTV News reports.
  • The price of crystal meth in Saskatoon is apparently as low as $3 a bag. Global News reports.
  • Guardian Cities notes how Louisville, low on trees, is trying to regreen the city as a way to deal with rising temperatures.
  • Open Democracy considers if the DUP is about to lose its strongholds in Belfast.
  • Guardian Cities looks at the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Kafr Aqab, a place where Palestinians can access their metropolis (and their partners).
  • CityLab shares photos of the wonderful new public library of Helsinki.

[URBAN NOTE] Six Toronto links

  • Steve Munro looks at a recent examination by the Toronto auditor-general about the problems of Presto, here.
  • blogTO notes that, on the weekend of the 22nd, the Toronto Reference Library will host another book sale.
  • Spacing lets someone evicted for putting his apartment up for Airbnb tell his story.
  • Global News tells the story of Charlie’s Friend Art Café in Bloordale, here.
  • This Toronto Life account of the life and crimes of Alek Minassian remains authentically disturbing to me.
  • The idea of a Toronto city charter, a constitution to protect the city’s prerogatives, does sound pretty good to me. CBC reports.

[PHOTO] Basic at Starbucks

Basic #toronto #starbucks #coffee #pumpkin #pumpkinspicelatte #pumpkincreamcheese #muffin #latte #fall #autumn

Written by Randy McDonald

October 4, 2019 at 10:30 am

[PHOTO] Twelve photos from a walk down from Dupont to Queen

Friday afternoon, I took myself on a leisurely walk south, down Dovercourt Road and then–above Bloor–down Ossington Avenue to Queen Street. It was a fine summer walk, taking me through an ever-changing string of neighbourhoods that is still familiar, ending with the Antikka coffee shop on Queen. The final photo was taken to the west of this, at the Lumber Loop where Queen streetcar passengers need to transfer to get to Long Branch, the towers of Humber Bay Shores always visible just beyond.

Wires in the sky, Dupont east at Dovercourt #toronto #summer #dovercourtvillage #blue #summer #sky #wires #dupontstreet #dovercourtroad

Silver sneakers #toronto #dovercourtvillage #dovercourtroad #silver #shoes #sneakers

Good Fun by syzad

Half of "College Promenade" #toronto #littleitaly #ossingtonave #collegestreet #publicart

Apartments of Ossington at Harrison #toronto #littleitaly #ossingtonave #harrisonstreet #apartments #architecture

OSS ING TON #toronto #ossingtonave #ossingtonstrip #street #pavement #sign #publicart

"United Drug Mart", by kuyaspirit #toronto #ossingtonave #ossingtonstrip #uniteddrugmart #foxleystreet #kuyaspirit #red

Lilies like fire #toronto #ossingtonave #ossingtonstrip #flowers #lilies #red #yellow

Postered wall #toronto #ossingtonave #ossingtonstrip #queenwestselfstorage #posters #white #wall

Armenian coffee in clay mug #toronto #queenwest #antikka #coffee #armeniancoffee #clay

Glass vessels of Rob Raeside #toronto #craftontario #queenwest #hamont #glass #robraeside #robraesideglass

Disembarking #toronto #ttc #streetcars #humberloop #501queen #humberbayshores #skyline #queensway #lakeshoreblvd

Written by Randy McDonald

August 5, 2019 at 1:30 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Seven Toronto links: #DoorsOpenTO, Eglinton Crosstown, Lake Ontario, public art

  • Transit Toronto notes that both the Eglinton Crosstown yards and Lower Bay station were open this weekend past for Doors Open. I got to see both!
  • Urban Toronto looks at the newly revealed Eglinton Crosstown vehicles.
  • blogTO observes the rapid flooding faced not only by the Toronto Islands but by the waterfront generally.
  • blogTO reports on the exciting possibility of a ferry connecting Etobicoke, at Humber Bay Shores, to the downtown.
  • Building a linear park over the subway trench between Davisville and Eglinton stations in midtown Toronto is an idea that appeals to me. blogTO reports.
  • NOW Toronto reports on a slew of original coffee shops around Toronto, including a laundromat hybrid on Dufferin.
  • Urban Toronto celebrates the Ron Arad sculpture Safe Hands at One Bloor East.

[URBAN NOTE] Six Toronto links: terra cotta, racism, Grand Gerrard, CityPlace, Vision Zero, coffee

  • I should have gone to see that house in the Junction with the terra cotta tiles before it was no longer. blogTO reports.
  • White nationalists are putting up posters around the city. blogTO reports.
  • The Grand Gerrard Theatre is set to re-open, continuing a century-long tradition. blogTO reports.
  • Urban Toronto notes how construction continues for Canoe Landing Centre, at CityPlace down on the waterfront.
  • Can the Vision Zero plan help protect public spaces in Toronto from terrorist attacks? CBC Toronto considers.
  • Why, exactly, did a Starbucks in Cabbagetown close down? blogTO reports on the local confusion.

[PHOTO] Espresso, Caffè Cinquecento

Yesterday, I got an espresso at the Caffè Cinquecento to remind me of Italy.

Espresso #toronto #northyork #columbuscentre #caffecinquecento #coffee #espresso

Written by Randy McDonald

March 30, 2019 at 10:45 am

[URBAN NOTE] Six Toronto links: Hearn, laneway houses, Artscape, Coffee Time, Mmmuffins, Lilly Singh

  • blogTO reports that the Hearn Generating Station is set to become a public space again this summer with a party.
  • Laneway housing in Toronto, now legalized, is starting to take shape as an architectural form. The Toronto Star reports.
  • The new Artscape Weston Common project for artists at Weston Road and Lawrence will hopefully help a neighbourhood taking on a new form. The Toronto Star reports.
  • A redditor at r/Toronto confirms that the venerable Coffee Time outside of Jane station, supposedly closed for renovations, will not reopen.
  • The last Mmmuffins store in Toronto, somewhere in the PATH, is also set to close. blogTO reports.
  • The selection of Toronto-born Lilly Singh to be the next late-night host on NBC really breaks all sorts of boundaries. VICE reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Seven city links: smart cities, coffee, accessible transport, regionalism, boomtowns,

  • The Conversation notes the concerns of Canadians about the potential privacy concerns regarding smart cities.
  • This CityMetric article examines the particular role of the chain coffeeshop in the contemporary city.
  • Will the tragic death of young mother Malaysia Goodson, killed trying to access public transit, lead to the spread of accessible infrastructure? Guardian Cities considers.
  • A forced amalgamation of the different regional municipalities of Toronto could easily come into conflict with locals’ identities, the Toronto Star noted.
  • National Geographic considers Silicon Valley-type boomtowns around the world. (Toronto is on that list.)
  • This Bloomberg article makes the point that, in same cases, merging cities with prosperous suburbs might be a godsends for the wider conurbations.
  • This Curbed article by novelist Jami Attenberg looks at what has changed for her–what she has gained–since moving from large metropolis New York City to the smaller centre of New Orleans.