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[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: office budgets, St. James Town, 1887, Christmas Market, Kringlewood

  • Toronto city council has boosted office budgets to try to compensate for the increased workloads that have come about as a result of the expanded wards. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Many people in high-rise St. James Town are concerned by the possibility of a new high-rise condo tower, 50 stories high, in their neighbourhood. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Jamie Bradburn takes a look at how, in the run-up to Christmas in 1887, the Toronto press was covering the holiday season.
  • VICE sent one of its journalists out for an entire day to the Christmas Market in the Distillery District. What effect did it have on them?
  • Inglewood Drive, in midtown Moore Park, has embarked again on its street-long Christmas decoration. blogTO reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Lawrence Heights, waterfront, Distillery District, Chinatown

  • Christopher Hume at the Toronto Star notes how the ongoing attempt to revitalize Lawrence Heights will try to plug that neighbourhood back into the wider city of Toronto.
  • Urban Toronto notes efforts by condo designers to make the Sugar Beach towers suitable for families.
  • Ontario Place would be a perfect place for a swimming pier, wouldn’t it? CBC reports.
  • Daily Hive notes that the Distillery District will soon house the Collège Boreal.
  • blogTO notes a classic Chinatown building on Spadina Avenue that has been given a terrible makeover.

[PHOTO] Five photos from the GW General Store, Distillery District (#gwgeneral)

The GW General Store, on Tankhouse Lane in the east of the Distillery District, is a fun antique store with a broad collection of eye-catching items, from old books and dolls to vintage typewriters and violins. The store’s Instagram account is here.

Plate of blue prisms @ $C 10 #toronto #distillerydistrict #gwgeneral #blue #prism #latergram

Assorted dolls #toronto #distillerydistrict #gwgeneral #dolls #latergram

Cute little chickadee @ $C 15 #toronto #distillerydistrict #gwgeneral #birds #chickadee #statue #latergram

Heads #toronto #distillerydistrict #gwgeneral #heads #mannequin #latergram

Violin and typewriter #toronto #distillerydistrict #gwgeneral #violin #typewriter #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

February 28, 2018 at 10:15 am

[PHOTO] Thirty photos from the Toronto Light Festival, 25 February 2018 (@tolightfest, #tolightfest)

The second Toronto Light Festival, being held again in the Distillery District, is approaching its end. I’m happy that I took the opportunity to go see it Sunday evening. I had quite a good time, hanging out in this district of old stone warehouse and new postmodern towers among the many artworks of light, ever changing in an evening that was actually quite warm out.

Entering #toronto #tolightfest #distillerydistrict

Going in #toronto #tolightfest #distillerydistrict #cntower #skyline

The Zoa (1) #toronto #tolightfest #distillerydistrict #thezoa #martintaylor #latergram

The Zoa (2) #toronto #tolightfest #distillerydistrict #thezoa #martintaylor #latergram

Solar Sail (1) #toronto #tolightfest #distillerydistrict #solarsail #davismccarty #latergram

Solar Sail (2) #toronto #tolightfest #distillerydistrict #solarsail #davismccarty #latergram

Solar Sail (3) #toronto #tolightfest #distillerydistrict #solarsail #davismccarty #latergram

Talking Heads (1) #toronto #tolightfest #distillerydistrict #talkingheads #victorvicsek #latergram

Talking Heads (2) #toronto #tolightfest #distillerydistrict #talkingheads #victorvicsek #latergram

Select By-laws and Ordinances #toronto #tolightfest #distillerydistrict #latergram

Talking Heads (3) #toronto #tolightfest #distillerydistrict #talkingheads #victorvicsek #latergram

Talking Heads (4) #toronto #tolightfest #distillerydistrict #talkingheads #victorvicsek #latergram

The Glow-Dodecahedron (1) #toronto #distillerydistrict #tolightfest #glowdodecahedron #martintaylor #latergram

The Glow-Dodecahedron (2) #toronto #distillerydistrict #tolightfest #glowdodecahedron #martintaylor #latergram

The Glow-Dodecahedron (3) #toronto #distillerydistrict #tolightfest #glowdodecahedron #martintaylor #latergram

The Glow-Dodecahedron (4) #toronto #distillerydistrict #tolightfest #glowdodecahedron #martintaylor #latergram

Guardians of Time (1) #toronto #distillerydistrict #tolightfest #guardiansoftime #manfredkielnhofer #latergram

Guardians of Time (2) #toronto #distillerydistrict #tolightfest #guardiansoftime #manfredkielnhofer #latergram

Walking (1) #toronto #distillerydistrict #tolightfest #latergram

Walking (2) #toronto #distillerydistrict #tolightfest #latergram

Nest #toronto #distillerydistrict #tolightfest #vikaspatel #santoshgujar #latergram

Heavy Meta #toronto #distillerydistrict #tolightfest #heavymeta #dragon #latergram

Sparkling (1) #toronto #distillerydistrict #tolightfest #cntower #skyline #latergram

Sparkling (2) #toronto #distillerydistrict #tolightfest #cntower #skyline #latergram

Sparkling (3) #toronto #distillerydistrict #tolightfest #latergram

Reaching Through #toronto #distillerydistrict #tolightfest #reachingthrough #jessicalevine #latergram

Symbolic Peace #toronto #distillerydistrict #tolightfest #symbolicpeace #mathewrosenblatt #peacesign #latergram

Seeking shelter #toronto #distillerydistrict #tolightfest #latergram

Entwined #toronto #distillerydistrict #tolightfest #entwined #charlesgadeken #latergram

Exiting #toronto #distillerydistrict #tolightfest #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

February 27, 2018 at 10:45 am

[URBAN NOTE] Five links about Toronto, from Pam McConnell to Eglinton Avenue to selfies gone bad

  • Torontoist remembers Pam McConnell, former deputy mayor and a person committed for a long time to the health of Toronto.
  • The Toronto Star‘s Jesse Winters notes the controversial planned addition of two condo towers, somewhat modified, to the Distillery District.
  • The Toronto Star reports on the rescue of two photo-taiking tourists stranded midway the Scarborough Bluffs. I’m not saying I’ve climbed these very same inclines, just that I empathize with their position.
  • The Star‘s Emma McIntosh confirms what we suspected: The flooding of the Toronto Islands is such that large portions will remain closed off all summer.
  • The Globe and Mail‘s Stephen Wickens notes that there is not a large commerical real estate boom along the new Eglinton Avenue LRT.

[PHOTO] Locks @ $C10, Tank House Lane, Distillery District

Locks @ $C10

Locks to affix to the “LOVE” sculpture on Tank House Lane in the Distillery District can be bought for ten dollars each.

Written by Randy McDonald

June 9, 2017 at 9:00 am

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

  • blogTO notes the Distillery District’s Toronto Light Festival.
  • Border Thinking Laura Agustín looks at migrants and refugees in James Ellroy’s The Black Dahlia.
  • Centauri Dreams suggests that Perry’s expedition to Japan could be taken as a metaphor for first contact.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a report about how brown dwarf EPIC 219388192 b.
  • The LRB Blog notes the use of torture as a technique of intimidation.
  • Marginal Revolution looks at China’s very heavy investment in Laos.
  • The NYRB Daily examines violence and the surprising lack thereof in El Salvador.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw touches on the controversies surrounding Australia Day.
  • Transit Toronto reports the sentencing of some people who attacked TTC officers.
  • Window on Eurasia argues that a Putin running out of resources needs to make a deal.

[URBAN NOTE] “Analysis of 514 Cherry Service for December 2016”

Steve Munro’s analysis of traffic and scheduling patterns on the 514 Cherry route is not flattering for the TTC. Functionally, the 514 is less an independent route and more a somewhat exotic variation on the King line.

The 514 Cherry car has been running since June 2016. Although originally planned as a net new service, budget for the route fell victim to the 2016 round in which headroom for the “new” service was created by reallocating vehicles from 504 King. The purpose was to concentrate service on the central part of King where there is higher demand, but in practice, the original schedule did not work out. In November 2016 the headways on 514 Cherry were widened to compensate for longer-than-planned running times.

The 514 Cherry car has been something of an afterthought for the TTC in several ways. Planning and construction for it began years ago, but implementation was delayed until after the Pan Am Games were out of the way and the Canary District began to populate with residents and students in the new buildings. Another major blow has been the failure to build the Waterfront East LRT which is intended to eventually connect with the trackage on Cherry Street as part of a larger network. In effect, the spur to Distillery Loop is treated by the TTC as little more than a place for a scheduled short turn of the King Street service, much as trackage on Dufferin Street south of King is for the route’s western terminus.

Riders bound for the Distillery District face two challenges. One is that the older streetcars do not have route signs for 514 Cherry, only a small dashboard card wrapped over the “short turn” sign. Tourists might be forgiven for wondering if a 514 Cherry will ever show up. As new streetcars gradually appear on this route, this problem will decline, but it is an indication of the half-hearted way service was introduced that good signage was not part of the scheme.

Written by Randy McDonald

January 18, 2017 at 5:15 pm

[PHOTO] Fourteen photos from the Toronto Christmas Market, Distillery District

Last night, I paid my $C 6 to get into the Distillery District for the Toronto Christmas Market. It was worth it, for the energy of being out among the crowds enjoying a winter night just cold enough to numb unprotected hands.

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Written by Randy McDonald

December 5, 2016 at 1:32 pm

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

  • blogTO notes that Green Day will be headlining a festival in the Distillery District.
  • Centauri Dreams looks at research into an interstellar solar sail.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes a study of brown dwarf populations.
  • The Dragon’s Tales looks at ancient Martian rivers and flood plains.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog looks at the protest of Colin Kaepernick.
  • The Map Room Blog reports on a map exhibition at the Library of Congress.
  • Marginal Revolution notes low murder rates among Haitian-Americans in Florida.
  • The Planetary Society Blog examines the Dawn probe’s low orbit scans of Ceres.
  • Otto Pohl announces the beginning of his first semester in Kurdistan.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy notes that it is a crime to talk about the Nazi-Soviet alliance versus Poland in Russia.
  • Window on Eurasia looks at how North Caucasians in Moscow identify quickly as Muscovites.