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[URBAN NOTE] Seven Toronto links: #DoorsOpenTO, Eglinton Crosstown, Lake Ontario, public art

  • Transit Toronto notes that both the Eglinton Crosstown yards and Lower Bay station were open this weekend past for Doors Open. I got to see both!
  • Urban Toronto looks at the newly revealed Eglinton Crosstown vehicles.
  • blogTO observes the rapid flooding faced not only by the Toronto Islands but by the waterfront generally.
  • blogTO reports on the exciting possibility of a ferry connecting Etobicoke, at Humber Bay Shores, to the downtown.
  • Building a linear park over the subway trench between Davisville and Eglinton stations in midtown Toronto is an idea that appeals to me. blogTO reports.
  • NOW Toronto reports on a slew of original coffee shops around Toronto, including a laundromat hybrid on Dufferin.
  • Urban Toronto celebrates the Ron Arad sculpture Safe Hands at One Bloor East.

[URBAN NOTE] Four transit notes: King Street, bike lanes, Toronto Islands ferries, Coach Terminal

  • Transit Toronto reports on how King, from Bathurst through to Jarvis, has been made a street where transit–streetcars, particularly–has priority.
  • CBC notes that, by the standards of other peers, Toronto lags behind in the implementation of bike lanes.
  • The venerable old ferries which link Toronto to the Toronto Islands are set to be retired. Farewell, noble boats. CBC reports.
  • I quite like the idea of seeking out plans to make the Toronto Coach Terminal new again. It might be overlooked these days, but it does have lovely bones. The Toronto Star reports.

[ISL] Five articles from the Toronto Islands in this time of flood

  • blogTO shares Aidan Ferreira’s stunning photos of the Toronto Islands flooded out. The damage, especially to the beaches, looks severe.
  • CTV News shares remarkable drone footage of the Toronto Islands.
  • The Toronto Sun reports on the plight of the water taxi operators, unable to earn their living this summer with trips to the Islands.
  • The Toronto Star‘s Fatima Syed notes that, to stay afloat, the Centreville Amusement Park will be selling its beautiful antique carousel.
  • Katharine Laidlaw’s interviews in Toronto Life with Toronto Islanders tell the story of a very hard year.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 21, 2017 at 6:30 pm

[PHOTO] Some more photos from the Toronto Islands

Today, as promised, I made a visit to the Toronto Islands. I left early, making it for the mainland just ahead of the rain, but I had fun.

Boarding the Center Island ferry #toronto #torontoislands #ferry #centreisland

Looking back #toronto #torontoislands #ferry #jacklaytonferryterminal

Boarding the Ward's Island ferry #toronto #torontoislands #ferry #wardsisland

Dragon boats by the airport #toronto #torontoharbour #dragonboats #billybishopairport

Through the gate #toronto #torontoislands #beaches #hanlanspoint #gates

Clouds to the west #toronto #torontoislands #hanlanspoint #lakeontario #clouds

Looking towards Ontario Place #toronto #torontoislands #lakeontario #ontarioplace #beaches #hanlanspoint

Leaving #toronto #torontoislands #cntower

Written by Randy McDonald

August 3, 2015 at 1:23 am

[URBAN NOTE] “How a Ferry Ride Helped Make Brooklyn the Original Suburb”

Sam Roberts of The New York Times recently described how an early ferry made Brooklyn the United States’ first commuters’ suburb.

This much is known about the maiden voyage of the Nassau: The twin-hulled boat carried 549 passengers, one wagon and three horses. It was captained by Peter Coffee, who would remain with the company that operated the vessel for 50 years.

Though Lewis Rhoda, the chief engineer, got tangled in the machinery and was killed on the first day, “this noble boat surpassed expectations of the public in the rapidity of her movements” as those on board glided across the unpredictable river as gracefully as if they were “passing over a bridge,” a newspaper account at the time said.

What is unknown is the name of the first passenger — the man (and chances are it was a man) who on May 10, 1814, boarded the Nassau, the first regularly scheduled steam-powered ferry from Brooklyn to Manhattan. Whoever he was, he can justly be called America’s first commuter.

Since then, for fully two centuries, millions of his fellow travelers have arrived by bridge, railroad, trolley, elevated train, subway, automobile, bus, helicopter, bicycle and, more recently, by revived ferry service in the diurnal ebb and flow that arguably transformed Brooklyn Heights into the nation’s first suburb, gave New York City what E. B. White described as its “tidal restlessness,” inspired the terms rush hour, bedroom community and urban sprawl and now nearly doubles Manhattan’s population on weekdays.

Written by Randy McDonald

January 3, 2015 at 2:02 am

[BRIEF NOTE] On Alex Colville and To Prince Edward Island

Canadian painter Alex Colville died today

The renowned Canadian artist Alex Colville has died at home in Wolfville, N.S., on Tuesday. He was 92.

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His wife, Rhoda, who is often shown in his paintings -—as the woman looking through binoculars in To Prince Edward Island or nude in the light of the fridge in Refrigerator 1977 — died in December 2012.

Colville’s work often displays commonplace moments from his own life — himself and his wife walking on a beach or himself standing with his car. But there is something sombre or even ominous about the images.

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While Colville’s images seemed to be taken directly from reality, he drew them from multiple sketches and studies, planning a perfect composition before he began to paint.

The painting process could take months — with layer upon layer of thinned paint painstakingly applied dot by dot to a primed wooden panel.

“Behind his words, as behind his art, you can sense elaborate webs of thought. And, also like his paintings, he stands quite alone, beyond category. It’s impossible to speak with him for a few hours without feeling his powerful sense of self. He is, it seems, a free man.” Robert Fulford wrote in Toronto Life in 2000.

The tranquil scenes are deceptive, because something about the relationship between figures or the nature of the landscape will convey loneliness, isolation, parting, work, leisure, estrangement, love.

“I see life as inherently dangerous. I have an essentially dark view of the world and human affairs .. Anxiety is the normality of our age,” Colville was quoted as saying.

My favourite painting of his is his 1965 To Prince Edward Island. The National Gallery of Canada’s page touches upon the mystery lurking behind the image. Who is the woman? What is she looking at, in what direction? Is everything as it seems? I’m quite used to the ferries of Prince Edward Island, having ridden them from an early age, but Colville’s problematization of the simple ferry ride caught my attention at a very early age.

Alex Colville, To Prince Edward Island

Written by Randy McDonald

July 18, 2013 at 3:48 am