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[URBAN NOTE] Four notes about urban change: Hamilton, Victoria, the Legion, St. James Park

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  • A Hamilton church is digging up hundreds of dead for an old cemetery turned parking lot to make room for condos.
  • A RV fire that left an elderly couple in Victoria homeless highlights the affordable housing crisis there.
  • MacLean’s notes how the Royal Canadian Legion is starting to make a new fortune, in eateries and real estate even.
  • Why is the St. Lawrence BIA using security guards to kick homeless people out of a park? (Rhetorical, I know.) NOW Toronto looks.
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[URBAN NOTE] Four notes on the Canadian struggle to land the second headquarters of Amazon

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  • CBC’s Pete Evans notes that Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Halifax and Ottawa are all interested in landing Amazon’s HQ2.
  • David Rider in the Toronto Star notes that John Tory is pushing forward Toronto as home to Amazon’s HQ2, with its 50 thousand jobs.
  • Bloomberg View’s Conor Sen notes that Toronto is a strong candidate for Amazon’s HQ2, alongside cities like Atlanta and Boston.
  • Also in the Star, David Rider notes that ex-Amazon exec James Thomson is skeptical a crowded Toronto will land HQ2.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 11, 2017 at 9:00 pm

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • Bad Astronomy’s Phil Plait notes how the media made a simulation of a third planet at Gliese 832 a discovery of a new Earth-like world.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly calls on a consideration of why schoolchildren are labelled troublemakers.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes that 51 Eridani b has been discovered to be a cloudy world, and how.
  • Far Outliers notes how the decline of Temasek (the future Singapore) was followed by the rise of Melaka.
  • Hornet Stories tells of an Orthodox Christian priest in Australia, who, at the funeral of a lesbian, called for gays to be shot.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that Catalonia’s parliament approved a referendum on secession.
  • The LRB Blog considers the import of Monte Testaccio, a man-made hill of rubble and waste dating from Roman times.
  • The NYR Daily considers the engaging and engaged pop art of Grayson Perry.
  • Roads and Kingdoms tells of a lazy afternoon spent drinking New Zealand beer in a Moscow pub.
  • Towleroad notes an upcoming revealing documentary about Grace Jones.
  • Window on Eurasia notes how, in the Donbas wars, mercenaries are becoming a major, potentially destabilizing force.
  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell looks at the conflict between quantitative data and qualitative stories in politics.

[URBAN NOTE] Five notes about East Asian cities facing the future

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  • Singapore, with ultra-low fertility and immigration controversies, is set to face rapid population aging.
  • Shenzhen, the city on the Chinese border with Hong Kong explicitly made after its neighbour, is surpassing its model.
  • Well-to-do Chinese immigrants in Hong Kong are worsening that city-state’s real estate crunch.
  • Is China set to shift its model of economic growth to one favouring productivity and consumption in its megacities? Livemint looks at the data.
  • Susan Crawford writes for Wired about how the city government of Seoul is trying to use big data to make things better.

[NEWS] Four Canada links: migration, CNE origami, Parks Canada in #Canada150, and Trans-Canada Trail

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  • At CBC, Don Pittis notes–in this time of a refugee crisis–Canada is economically able to handle more newcomers.
  • I really do want to see this origami diorama tomorrow at the CNE.
  • In this year of free national park admissions, Lauren Krugel notes how Parks Canada prepared for the surge.
  • Atlas Obscura notes that, after almost three decades, the Trans-Canada Trail is finally complete, from coast to coast.

[BLOG] Some Sunday links

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  • Centauri Dreams analyzes the latest suggestive findings about water on potentially habitable exoplanets of TRAPPIST-1.
  • A Game of Thrones-themed cat bed, as described by Dangerous Minds, is almost tempting. (Almost.)
  • Hornet Stories takes a brief look at what the Nazis were like for, and did to, queers.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that Texas’ secretary of state turned down an aid offer from Québec, asking only for prayers.
  • Language Hat looks at the ways in which different African writers have glossed Africa in their works.
  • Marginal Revolution links to a paper looking at the effect that serious floods have on cities’ long-run economic growth.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw notes the discovery of sunken garum-exporting Neapolis off of the coast of Tunisia.
  • The Planetary Society Blog looks at the latest ventures of the Opportunity rover as winter approaches on Mars.
  • Roads and Kingdoms notes the Café Touba coffee of Senegal, sign of resistance to colonialism and globalization.
  • Window on Eurasia notes a proposal in Russia to memorialize Muslims who resisted changing traditional value systems.

[URBAN NOTE] Four Toronto links: tenant protection and strikes, front vegetable gardens, Yonge taxes

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  • Robert Benzie notes that Ontario tenants will soon have greater protection against eviction, including compensation.
  • In the aftermath of the successful Parkdale tenants’ strike, Jonathan Robart provides resources for the interested.
  • Ellen Brait notes that making front yards in Brockton Village into vegetable gardens is a thing. I approve.
  • John Tory wants the Ontario government to reconsider a tax structure that threatens to end Yonge Street businesses. Too late?

Written by Randy McDonald

September 1, 2017 at 10:45 pm