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[PHOTO] Looking east through the window at Roehampton

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Looking east through the window at Roehampton #toronto #yongeandeglinton #roehamptonavenue #condos #skyline


Written by Randy McDonald

March 23, 2018 at 10:46 am

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: U Pass, #ossingtonbae, Hotel X, marijuana, TTC fraud

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  • A poster put up by a man who wanted to reconnect with another guy he saw at Ossington station has gone viral. This has the potential to be quite a cute story, I’d say. blogTO reports.
  • The TTC has approved the creation of a new monthly pass program for post-secondary students, subject to approval at different universities and colleges in the city. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Hotel X, at Exhibition Place, is now open for business. Good news that it’s finally open, but bad news that such an ugly tower still mars the area’s skyline. blogTO reports.
  • NOW Toronto’s Samantha Edwards notes the strong possibility that marijuana smoking will be prohibited in condos come legalization. This makes sense: why wouldn’t marijuana smoking be treated like tobacco smoking?
  • Toronto Life reports on a massive fraud case involving TTC workers submitting fraudulent claims for orthotics. As described, I can almost believe that some of the hundreds of workers who fired did not quite know that what they were doing was fraud.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: architecture, cryptocurrency condos, crime, police

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  • Toronto Storeys shares the opinions of six architects as to their favourite buildings in the city.
  • Why is one condo owner in Toronto only accepting bitcoin payments from potential purchasers? Among other things, it makes things relatively easier for foreign buyers. CBC reports.
  • Marcel Theriault, one of the policeman accused of brutally beating Dafonte Miller, is also accused of misleading Durham Region police investigators. The Toronto Star reports.
  • University of Toronto doctoral student Sasha Reid identified the pattern of a serial killer at work in Toronto’s LGBTQ community, and told police. Their response? They thanked her and moved on. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Edward Keenan wonders why Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders possibly thought he could say what he said about the community not helping, especially when the community has been warning about a serial killer while police denied anything. The Toronto Star has the article.

[PHOTO] One57 in the distance, Central Park

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This supertall tower, one that I believe–thanks to this map from Curbed is One 57, is easily visible from Central Park near Belvedere Castle.

One57 in the distance #newyorkcity #newyork #manhattan #centralpark #one57 #supertall #skyscraper #tower #skyline #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

February 27, 2018 at 12:00 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: incubators, Bloordale, real estate, migration, Rosedale

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  • The universities of Toronto–U of T, Ryerson, York–turn out to provide some of the best university-based incubators of high-tech business in the world. CBC reports.
  • blogTO notes that a new condo development at Bloor and Dufferin, in Bloordale just where it meets Bloorcourt, is being criticized for excessive density and a lack of community facilities.
  • Edward Keenan notes that Patrick Brown was right in talking about real estate affordability in Toronto as a problem. Why aren’t other people following him (in this, at least)? The Toronto Star has it.
  • Royson James reports on how a Seventh-Day Adventist church in western Toronto not only helped integrate immigrants from the Caribbean, but set a model for others. The Toronto Star has it.
  • Dave Leblanc writes about how Rosedale was introduced to the International Style by the 1944 Hobbs Sun House, over at The Globe and Mail.

[URBAN NOTE] Seven Toronto links: TTC, Sonja Bata, St. Lawrence Market, Yorkville, Bloor Street West

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  • blogTO shares, from r/Toronto, a fantastic map imagining a Toronto densely covered with all sorts of mass transit routes, from subways and streetcars down to ferries. Beautiful.
  • This city ombudsman’s inquiry as to why TTC fare inspectors seemingly assaulted a black teen is certainly needed. CBC reports.
  • The recent death of Sonja Bata, among other things founder of the excellent Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, has been noted locally. Global News reports.
  • Delayed by archeological work, the North Building at St. Lawrence Market is projected to cost in excess of 100 million dollars. The Toronto Star reports.
  • A proposed new condo tower on Yorkville’s Prince Arthur Avenue, projected to rise nearly two dozen stories in a definitely avant-garde style, is unpopular among future neighbours. CBC reports.
  • At Toronto Storeys, Christopher Hume considers facadism. When does it work? Where has it worked in Toronto?
  • At NOW Toronto, Samantha Edwards takes a look at six new housing developments along Bloor Street West, stretching from Jane through High Park North all the way to Dufferin.

[PHOTO] Parkdale towers over Dufferin, Queen and Dufferin

Yesterday evening, I was standing on Queen just west of Dufferin, waiting for the 501 bus, when I looked to my northeast. I remember when there were no substantial condo tower there, way back when I used to live in Parkdale behind the Drake.

Parkdale towers over Dufferin #toronto #evening #blue #parkdale #dufferinstreet #queenstreetwest

Written by Randy McDonald

February 11, 2018 at 12:00 pm