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[PHOTO] Ten photos from Metro, College Park, Friday evening (#coronavirustoronto)

Friday evening, I went with Jim to the Metro grocery store in College Park for some last-minute shopping. It was an interesting scene, crowded with shoppers, evidencing empty shelves where certain products where I expected there to be shortfalls (paper products, bread, eggs and dairy, perishable meats). There were presences, too, of canned goods that were unpopular (plenty of beets, for instance) and of a whole wall of orchids in bloom.

The atmosphere of the Metro was interesting. People there had intent, but there was no panic.

Empty shelves, Metro, College Park (1) #toronto #collegepark #metrogrocery #grocerystore #shopping #coronavirus #latergram

Empty shelves, Metro, College Park (2) #toronto #collegepark #metrogrocery #grocerystore #shopping #coronavirus #latergram

Empty shelves, Metro, College Park (3) #toronto #collegepark #metrogrocery #grocerystore #shopping #coronavirus #latergram

Empty shelves, Metro, College Park (4) #toronto #collegepark #metrogrocery #grocerystore #shopping #coronavirus #latergram

Empty shelves, Metro, College Park (5) #toronto #collegepark #metrogrocery #grocerystore #shopping #coronavirus #latergram

Empty shelves, Metro, College Park (6) #toronto #collegepark #metrogrocery #grocerystore #shopping #coronavirus #latergram

Orchid wall #toronto #collegepark #metro #grocerystore #flowers #orchid #orchids

Empty shelves, Metro, College Park (7) #toronto #collegepark #metrogrocery #grocerystore #shopping #coronavirus #latergram

Empty shelves, Metro, College Park (8) #toronto #collegepark #metrogrocery #grocerystore #shopping #coronavirus #latergram

Empty shelves, Metro, College Park (9) #toronto #collegepark #metrogrocery #grocerystore #shopping #coronavirus #latergram #cans

Written by Randy McDonald

March 17, 2020 at 1:15 pm

[PHOTO] Thirteen photos taken walking down Yonge Street, Friday evening (#toronto, #yongestreet)

I took a walk Friday evening down Yonge Street Friday evening, starting at a quarter to 7 at the Toronto Reference Library just above Bloor and finishing a couple dozen minutes later at Yonge-Dundas Square. The city was tense, but still alive.

Looking southwest, Yonge and Bloor #toronto #yongeandbloor #yongestreet #skyline #crane #latergram

New Shoppers #toronto #charlesstreet #yongestreet #red #brick #architecture #shoppersdrugmart #latergram

Church of Scientology International, abandoned #toronto #yongestreet #scientology #churchofscientology #tower #abandoned #latergram

Looking south, north of Yonge and Wellesley #toronto #yongestreet #skyline #yongeandwellesley #latergram

Looking east on Gloucester at Yonge #toronto #yongestreet #gloucesterstreet #construction #latergram

Looking south, south of Yonge and Wellesley #toronto #yongestreet #yongeandwellesley #skyline #latergram

Old firehall tower, St. Charles Tavern #toronto #yongestreet #stcharlestavern #firehall #tower #heritage #gay #lgbtq

Looking east on Wood at Yonge #toronto #yongestreet #woodstreet #latergram

506 Carlton crossing #toronto #yongeandcollege #yongeandcarlton #506carlton #ttc #streetcar #yongestreet #latergram

East through illuminated trees at McGill Street #toronto #yongestreet #mcgillstreet #lights #trees #mcgillstreetarch #latergram

South past Zanzibar #toronto #yongestreet #zanzibartavern #latergram

Yonge Street Market under lights #toronto #yongestreet #yongestreetmarket #restaurants #food #lights #latergram

Sign in transition #toronto #yongestreet #yongedundassquare #dundasstreet #sign #billboard #skyline #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

March 16, 2020 at 2:00 pm

[PHOTO] Looking up from the Market Level at The Three Watchmen

777 Bay Street, a thirty-story tower attached to the main building of College Park in 1984, may be architecturally unadventurous. Its atrium does serve as a wonderful display area for Haida artist Robert Davidson‘s The Three Watchmen, the glass and mirrors of the atrium interior contrasting nicely with the carved wood.

Looking up from the Market Level #toronto #collegepark #777bay #atrium #mirror #glass #totempole #architecture #design

Written by Randy McDonald

December 14, 2017 at 11:30 am

[URBAN NOTE] “Downed elevators plague Aura condo, residents say”

The Toronto Star‘s Alex Ballingall reports about the problems at the new Aura condo tower.

Jim McNally lives 77 storeys above Yonge St. Through his floor-to-ceiling windows he looks down on Queen’s Park and the University of Toronto, and on a clear day he can spot distant planes on the tarmac at Pearson. The family physician says he put “all his marbles” into the condominium and much prefers the downtown locale to an alternative in the suburbs.

But life at such great heights hasn’t been so great lately.

It’s the elevators.

McNally doesn’t trust them.

There have been periodic problems since he moved in about a year and a half ago, McNally told the Star in an interview, but since a powerful rainstorm hit Toronto last Monday, the lifts’ lack of lifting has hit a new low. Of the nine elevators that serve the 79 floors of the Aura tower at Yonge and Gerrard Sts.—a building with billboards that boast: “Canada’s Tallest Condominium”—three have been broken for more than eight days, said McNally, who sits on the condo board.

For those like him that live above the 55th storey, only one elevator works—sort of. As of Tuesday afternoon, it was manned by a kindly security guard on a stool, who would pilot the elevator to the requested floor, stopping at every fifth storey on the way down to pick up any departing residents. If you want to go down, you can call the concierge and ask for the lift to be sent to your floor, or you can take the stairs to one of the storeys where the elevator is scheduled to stop.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 6, 2016 at 4:15 pm

[PHOTO] Looking up at Aura, late afternoon

Looking up #toronto #condos #tower #architecture #aura

A commenter on Instagram, looking at this picture of the Aura tower at College Park set against the dark clouds of late afternoon, said that they expected Batman to be somewhere in the area.

Written by Randy McDonald

June 9, 2016 at 12:49 pm

[PHOTO] Excavating in the shadow of College Park, Toronto

Excavating in the shadow of College Park #toronto #condos #construction #collegepark #yongestreet

Written by Randy McDonald

December 27, 2015 at 6:53 pm

[PHOTO] Old vitrolite tiles of College Station, Toronto

Old tiles of College Station #toronto #ttc #subway #coege #collegestation #tiles

I caught a glimpse of the old green tiles of College Station, thanks to Chris Bateman’s recent Spacing article “How the TTC lost and found its subway style”.

Not many people could have known that behind the advertising billboards on the platform of College station was something no-one had seen for more than three decades. Last week, workers upgrading the metal hardware that covers large portions of the station walls revealed a little bit of Toronto history that was long presumed destroyed.

There, covered in a thick layer of dust and grime, was the station’s original glossy blue-green vitrolite tile. A little cracked and worse for wear, but still firmly affixed to the walls.

For almost half the stations existence, this stuff covered the entire station, including the ticket hall. And then, in the 1980s, the TTC covered it up during an aesthetically misguided modernization effort that also drove its famous subway font to the brink of extinction.

Written by Randy McDonald

December 2, 2015 at 8:36 am

[PHOTO] Everybody’s looking for something at College Park

Seen downtown, an ad of my youth.  #boom97.3 #toronto #eurythmics #radio #collegepark

The lyric “Everybody’s looking for something”, taken from the Eurythmics’ breakout hit “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)”, adorned this streetcar shelter ad outside College Park for Boom 97.3, also known as CHBM-FM.

As the station’s website notes, it plays “rock hits mainly from the 1970s, 80s and 90s”. It is an oldies station, in other words. This song of my youth now features prominently in the advertising of an oldies station.

I am trying not to feel old.

Written by Randy McDonald

April 20, 2015 at 6:26 pm

[PHOTO] One of the towers at College Park

One of the towers at College Park

Written by Randy McDonald

April 1, 2015 at 3:43 pm

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[PHOTO] Scenes from the Kurdish protest of ISIS at College Park on Yonge Street, Toronto

I was not expecting to see Saturday afternoon, as I walked north up Yonge Street towards College Park, a crowd of chanting protesters marching south towards me. After I got my camera out, I could see–and hear!–that the hundreds of people walking down the street were supporters of Kurdish nationalism, protesting ISIS and calling for aid to save Kobani. Presumably it was not much different from the protest here in Toronto that occurred last month. The Kurdish flag was being enthusiastically waved, as were hard-drawn placards with maps of independent Greater Kurdistan and denunciations of Turkey, as was–visible in the final photo in this series–at least one image of Abdullah Ocalan.

Scenes from the Kurdish protest of ISIS at Yonge and College (1)

Scenes from the Kurdish protest of ISIS at Yonge and College (2)

Scenes from the Kurdish protest of ISIS at Yonge and College (3)

Scenes from the Kurdish protest of ISIS at Yonge and College (4)

Scenes from the Kurdish protest of ISIS at Yonge and College (5)

Scenes from the Kurdish protest of ISIS at Yonge and College (6)

Written by Randy McDonald

November 1, 2014 at 11:25 pm