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[PHOTO] Annette vs Dundas vs Dupont

Annette vs Dundas vs Dupont #toronto #thejunction #evening #intersection #annettestreet #dundasstreetwest #dupontstreet

Written by Randy McDonald

August 6, 2020 at 4:00 pm

[PHOTO] Looking west towards High Park North across Dundas West from the Crossways

Looking west towards High Park North across Dundas West from the Crossways #toronto #skyline #highparknorth #dundaswest #dundasstreetwest #thecrossways #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

March 14, 2020 at 6:00 pm

[PHOTO] Yonge-Dundas Square, illuminated

Yonge-Dundas Square, illuminated #toronto #yongeanddundas #yongedundassquare #intersection #winter #snow #twilight

Written by Randy McDonald

January 19, 2020 at 8:45 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

[PHOTO] Two photos from Everywhere Maps & Globes, 5160 Dundas Street West

One of the things I was shown in Islington-City Centre West by my friend Ted was Everywhere Maps & Globes at 5160 Dundas Street West. This map and globe store was unfortunately closed–a sign on the door suggests that the storefront is now only open when clients come by appointment–but the maps displayed on the front window were enticing. These two offer views, of the western GTA framed around Burlington and Hamilton and of the northwest of Toronto, that aren’t necessarily that common. They show the extent to which maps can frame reality.

And, shown reflected in these photos, beyond the window frames, is Dundas Street West as it runs through an ever-changing west-end neighbourhood of Toronto.

Map of the western GTA, Burlington and Hamilton #toronto #etobicoke #everywheremaps #maps #dundasstreetwest #islingtoncitycentrewest #reflection #latergram #burlington #hamont

Map of western Toronto #toronto #etobicoke #everywheremaps #maps #dundasstreetwest #islingtoncitycentrewest #reflection #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

February 22, 2018 at 12:00 pm

[PHOTO] Grid Condos under construction, Jarvis and Dundas

Grid Condos under construction, Jarvis and Dundas #toronto #mosspark #jarvisstreet #dundasstreeteast #dundasstreet #gridcondos #condos #tower #construction #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

January 24, 2018 at 8:00 am

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: June Rowlands, Sidewalk Labs, L Tower, race in schools, TTC

  • The Toronto Star pays respect to the late June Rowlands, Toronto’s first female mayor.
  • Google’s Sidewalk Labs project, intended to remake Quayside, is already resulting in jobs–in New York City? MacLean’s reports.
  • The flooding at the L Tower downtown sounds terrible. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Race, unsurprisingly, remains a significant divide in Toronto schools. NOW Toronto reports.
  • The TTC is increasing bus service on the Dundas and Carlton routes to compensate for Bombardier’s failure to deliver. CBC reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Four Toronto blog links, from feminist street art to the changing retail scene

  • Steve Munro shares photos of the ongoing reconstruction of Dundas and Victoria, on the 505 Dundas streetcar route.
  • blogTO notes that the steady increase in rental prices in Toronto came to a halt this month.
  • John Lorinc at Spacing starts a series speculating on the safety of Toronto hi-rises for seniors.
  • Torontoist reports on the achievements and the controversy of a feminist street art event in Parkdale.

[PHOTO] Three photos taken along the eastern shore of the Humber River at night

Walking up the paths on the eastern shore of the Humber River in full spring flood at night, from Magwood Park up to Home Smith and the great bridge that takes Dundas Street West over, you can get a sense of the immensity of the natural world. Even in a carefully maintained Toronto, nature retains its force.




Written by Randy McDonald

May 26, 2017 at 3:49 pm

[URBAN NOTE] “Downtown street corner had a storied history”

In the Toronto Star, Sean Micallef looks at the history of the southeast corner of Church Street and Dundas Street West, set to be the site of a new condo development.

There’s a quintessential jumble of Toronto shacks on the southeast corner of Church and Dundas Sts. Cheaply built, like so much of Toronto, the jumble is ugly to unsympathetic eyes. Though awaiting a hearing at the Ontario Municipal Board over design details, the buildings will eventually make way for a proposed residential development. Yet, this quotidian corner has housed more Toronto life than seems possible in one place.

A visit to the deep wells of civic memory stored in the old city directories on the second floor of the Toronto Reference Library, randomly selecting volumes about a decade apart from 1915 until 1993, revealed that life. Here’s just a sliver of it.

Part of the redevelopment parcel includes an unpaved parking lot along Church, and buildings on both the north and south side of it bear ghost traces of the structures that once abutted them, addresses numbered 215 to 221. In 1915, Ebenezer Chesney’s cigar shop, the Porter Plumbing Supply Company and various apartment dwellers were here.

In 1925, Porter was still a going concern but the cigar shop was vacant, Hawley Auto Supply had moved in next door, and Samuel Barrett had started selling date products. By 1936, Seto Kwan had set up his tailoring business in Ebenezer’s old place, and Tire Chains & Accessories had opened next door along with the Collins Printing Company next to it. Porter was still in the plumbing business.

In 1947, Kwan had become a “Designing Tailor” and Church Cleaners and the Lewis Fur Company had moved into the block, while Porter Plumbing had evolved into Good Specialties Plumbing and Heating. By 1958, Master Brothers Business Machines was in operation here alongside M & R Enterprises Clothing and Novelties. In 1968, the Club Coffee Company was operating where Kwan once sewed, and next to it Athens Photo Studio had opened and Art Electric Construction had slipped in here too.

Written by Randy McDonald

December 11, 2016 at 8:00 pm