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[PHOTO] Ten photos of Trinity Bellwoods Park (#trinitybellwoods)

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I took ten photos of Trinity Bellwoods Park early on the afternoon of the 10th of May, walking south from Dundas Street West south towards the cherry blossoms by Queen West, The park was vivifying, becoming ever greener almost with every step I took.

Into Trinity Bellwoods from Dundas #toronto #spring #trinitybellwoods #parks #dundasstreetwest #latergram

Monument to Portuguese Canadian volunteers #toronto #spring #trinitybellwoods #parks #monument #portuguesecanadian #latergram

Afternoon in the park #toronto #spring #trinitybellwoods #parks #latergram

Monument to the Caranguejeira pioneers #toronto #spring #trinitybellwoods #parks #portuguesecanadian #caranguejeira #migration #latergram

Turning green #toronto #spring #trinitybellwoods #parks #latergram

Towards Garrison Creek towards the CN Tower #toronto #spring #trinitybellwoods #parks #garrisoncreek #cntower #latergram

Pit #toronto #spring #trinitybellwoods #parks #garrisoncreek #cntower #latergram

Houses to the west #toronto #spring #trinitybellwoods #parks #house #latergram

Green lawn #toronto #spring #trinitybellwoods #parks #latergram

Houses to the east #toronto #spring #trinitybellwoods #parks #house #gorevaleavenue #latergram

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Written by Randy McDonald

May 19, 2018 at 10:15 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Twelve Toronto links

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  • Edward Keenan is entirely right to praise the idea of exploring the cherry blossoms of Toronto by foot. The Toronto Star has it.
  • Mark Cullen noted last week the struggle to keep what may be the oldest tree in Toronto, a red soak more than three centuries old, alive, over at the Toronto Star.
  • John Tory is quite right to note that Toronto needs to prepare for possible surges of refugees. CBC reports.
  • A Scarborough mansion that has been abandoned for years has just sold for $C 3.8 million. The Toronto Star reports.
  • The infamous Giraffe building on the northwest corner of Dundas West and Bloor may be set to disappear, finally, under a wave of new construction there. Toronto Life reports.
  • blogTO makes the case that west-end Rogers Road is becoming the new centre of the Portuguese-Canadian community, here.
  • Orfus Road, off Dufferin Street near Yorkdale, is a place to go for outlet stores and discounted merchandise. blogTO notes.
  • The TTC has cancelled its weekend closures of parts of different subway routes after disputes with the union. The Toronto Star reports.
  • By one metric, Toronto falls behind only New York City in the race for the Amazon HQ2. The Toronto Star reports.
  • NOW Toronto tells the story of someone who grew marijuana in their backyard, here.
  • An AI Weiwei show will be coming to Toronto in 2019. NOW Toronto reports.
  • Peter Knegt profiles Toronto drag queen Sofonda Cox, over at CBC.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Kanagaratnam, Bloordale, Bloor and Dundas, Etobicoke, Bloor West

  • Fatima Syed and Wendy Gillis tell the story of Kirushnakumar Kanagaratnam, a Sri Lankan Tamil whose failed application for refugee status in Canada after travelling on the MV Sun Sea led directly to his death at the hands of McArthur. The Toronto Star has it.
  • The developer hoping to transform the southwest corner of Bloor and Dufferin has opted to redesign the development following community criticism. CBC reports.
  • The sheer scale of the planned development on the southeast corner of Bloor Street West and Dundas Street West is such that a new neighbourhood would come into being. Wow. The Toronto Star has it.
  • The plan for SmartTrack would leave the residents of an Etobicoke development next to a GO rail yard subject to terrible levels of noise and air pollution. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Is Bloor Street West going to become the next Yonge Street, an uninterrupted string of high-density development? Not without differences, at least. The Toronto Star looks at the issue.

[PHOTO] Eleven photos of Ossington Avenue at night, from Dundas north to Dupont

I took a walk north along Ossington Avenue to home this night, starting with two drinks at Communist’s Daughter on Dundas just west of Ossington at half past midnight and strolling om up to Dupont. It was a glorious night, just chill enough to catch one’s attention while still being above freezing.

(As an aside, I really think I should do more night walking on general principle. It expends calories and generates steps, true, but more importantly it offers rare perspectives on the city.)

Looking west, Dundas at Ossington #toronto #ossingtonave #dundasstreetwest #intersection #night

Looking north past the old corner store, Ossington at Harrison #toronto #ossingtonave #harrisonstreet #cornerstore #intersection #night

Looking north, Ossington at College #toronto #ossingtonave #collegestreet #intersection #night

Looking east, alley north of College off Ossington #toronto #ossingtonave #collegestreet #alley #laneway #intersection #night

Looking east, Dewson at Ossington #toronto #ossingtonave #collegestreet #intersection #night

Looking north, Ossington at Harbord #toronto #ossingtonave #harbordstreet #intersection #night

Looking north, Ossington at Bloor #toronto #ossingtonave #harbordstreet #bloorcourt #intersection #night

Looking west at Ossington station #toronto #ossingtonave #bloorcourt #ossington #ttc #subway #night

Looking east at St. Mary's #toronto #ossingtonave #seatonvillage #churches #stmaryschurch #ukrainiancatholic #night/center>

Looking north, Ossington at Essex #toronto #ossingtonave #essexstreet #dovercourtvillage #intersection #night

Looking north, Ossington at Dupont #toronto #ossingtonave #dupontstreet #dovercourtvillage #intersection #night

Written by Randy McDonald

April 21, 2018 at 7:00 am

[PHOTO] Sixteen photos of art from Toronto Revealed, at the TD Gallery (#tdgallery)

As I promised yesterday, here is some more of the art that I saw at the TD Gallery’s Toronto Revealed exhibition. Although some of the works (paintings, today, mostly painted in oils) depicted scenes predating my arrival in Toronto or even my existence, like that showing the excavation of the Eaton Centre, most of the others were scenes that I recognized with delight from my daily life. One, of a nondescript gas station, was based on a location at most a lazy ten minutes’ walk from my home.

More details on the individual works–their names, their painters, their dates–can be found by clicking through to my Flickr page.

Crosswalk, Queen Street East, 2012 #toronto #tdgallery #davidmarshak #queenstreeteast #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

Weston Bakery, Eastern Avenue, 2017 #toronto #tdgallery #brianharvey #easternavenue #westonbakery #painting #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

Parkdale, Queen Street West 2010 #toronto #tdgallery #brianharvey #queenstreetwest #parkdale #painting #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

Keele Street and Dundas Street West, 2011 #toronto #tdgallery #brianharvey #keelestreet #dundasstreetwest #junction #painting #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

Eaton Centre Excavation, 1975 #toronto #tdgallery #walterjcoucill  #eatoncentre #painting #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

November Rain, Bay and Dundas Streets, 2011 #toronto #tdgallery #catherinejeffrey #baystreet #dundasstreetwest #painting #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

Brushstrokes on Dundas Street, 1979 #toronto #tdgallery #michaelbinette #baystreet #dundasstreet #dundasstreetwest #dundasstreeteast #painting #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

Honest Ed's, 2015 #toronto #tdgallery #brentarlitt #honesteds #painting #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

Waiting for a Bargain, 1983 #toronto #tdgallery #rajkakupesic #honesteds #painting #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

Nassau Street, Looking Southeast Across Augusta #toronto #tdgallery #williamsherman #kensingtonmarket #nassaustreet #augustaave #painting #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

Cherry Street Hotel, 1978 #toronto #tdgallery #gerardlazare #cherrystreethotel #frontstreet #cherrystreet #painting #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

Bloor Street West, 1976 #toronto #tdgallery #carlosmarchiori #bloorstreet #bloorstreetwest  #painting #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

Queen Street West, near Simcoe Street, 1974 #toronto #tdgallery #leslietait #queenstreetwest #simcoestreet #painting #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

77.5 cents, 2011#toronto #tdgallery #jerrycampbell #ossingtonave #dupontstreet #gasstation #seatonvillage #dovercourtvillage #painting #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

Nassau Street and Spadina Avenue 2011#toronto #tdgallery #rajeevsinghal #nassaustreet #spadinaavenue #chinatown #painting #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

Skyline from Riverdale Park, March 1977 #toronto #tdgallery #walterjacksoncoucill #skyline #riverdalepark #painting #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

[PHOTO] Five photos of Galata Cafe, 5122 Dundas Street West

Galata Cafe, located at 5122 Dundas Street West, is a superb Turkish coffee restaurant. I may well head out to Etobicoke again, walking north from Kipling station, just to enjoy their strong coffee again. Certainly I’ll be praising them on their Yelp page as soon as I have a moment.

The History of Turkish Coffee #toronto #islingtoncitycentrewest #galatacafe #dundasstreetwest #coffee #restaurant #posters #latergram

Streetscape #toronto #islingtoncitycentrewest #galatacafe #dundasstreetwest #coffee #restaurant  #latergram

Coffee, with Turkish Delight #toronto #islingtoncitycentrewest #galatacafe #dundasstreetwest #coffee #turkishdelight #restaurant  #latergram//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Paraphrenalia #toronto #islingtoncitycentrewest #galatacafe #dundasstreetwest #coffee #restaurant #latergram

Paraphrenalia #toronto #islingtoncitycentrewest #galatacafe #dundasstreetwest #coffee #restaurant #latergram

Galata Cafe #toronto #islingtoncitycentrewest #galatacafe #dundasstreetwest #coffee #restaurant #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

February 25, 2018 at 9:45 am

[PHOTO] Looking at Six Points intersection, Etobicoke: south, east, west, north

Six Points #toronto #etobicoke #islingtoncitycentrewest #sixpoints #intersection #bloorstreetwest #dundasstreetwest #kiplingave #map #latergram

The famously complex Six Points intersection, where Bloor Street West meets with Dundas Street West as that artery arcs down from the north and the two intersection with Kipling Avenue, is set for a thorough redevelopment. It’s about time, development issues aside. How can drivers even navigate this intersection? Self-driving cars should be tested here.

Looking south at Six Points #toronto #etobicoke #islingtoncitycentrewest #sixpoints #skyline #bloorstreetwest #latergram//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Looking east at Six Points #toronto #etobicoke #islingtoncitycentrewest #sixpoints #skyline #bloorstreetwest #dundasstreetwest #latergram

Looking west at Six Points #toronto #etobicoke #islingtoncitycentrewest #sixpoints #skyline #dundasstreetwest #latergram

Looking north at Six Points #toronto #etobicoke #islingtoncitycentrewest #sixpoints #skyline #bloorstreetwest #dundasstreetwest #kiplingave #latergram