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[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: HQ2, Geary Avenue, Yonge and Eglinton, Port Lands, Pickering subway

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  • Ben Fox Rubin at CNET reports on the perhaps surprisingly successful bid of Toronto to host Amazon’s HQ2.
  • blogTO reports on how Geary Avenue, just one street away from me, is becoming one of the most interesting streets in Toronto for nightclubbing and more.
  • Many residents of Yonge and Eglinton are unhappy with the pace of condo construction in the neighbourhood. Local resources–like utilities, and local schools–are coming under pressure. blogTO reports.
  • Part of Lake Ontario in the Port Lands, off Cherry Street, is being filled in for condo development. CityNews reports.
  • John Lorinc at Spacing looks at the many ways in which Premier Doug Ford’s proposal of extending the subway to Pickering simply does not work.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Geary Avenue, TTC, North York red oak, Gregg Lintern, Ford on TAVIS

  • blogTO notes how Geary Avenue, an old commercial street literally in my neighbourhood, is becoming a hot spot for culture and nightclubbing in Toronto.
  • Last Sunday, Transit Toronto’s Robert Mackenzie shared photos from the parade of TTC streetcars old and new in the Beaches Easter Parade.
  • Will the city of Toronto intervene to save a centuries-old red oak tree in North York? And at what cost? The Toronto Star reports.
  • Christopher Hume argues that the city’s new chief planner, Gregg Lintern, needs to actively communicate his vision of the city of Toronto, over at the Toronto Star.
  • Doug Ford was booed at a Somali-Canadian event when he stated his support there for TAVIS, a police program unpopular for carding mostly non-whites. CBC reports.

[PHOTO] Red tulips and candle, The Greater Good

Red tulips and candle #toronto #greatergood #gearyave #davenport #red #tulips #flowers #candles #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

February 17, 2018 at 12:19 pm

[PHOTO] East on Geary at Dufferin, Toronto

East on Geary at Dufferin #toronto #davenport #night #gearyave #dufferinstreet//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Standing on Geary Avenue just east of Dufferin Street, this one of Toronto’s newest hip streets looks perfectly ordinary and quietly miraculous under the line of street lights.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 10, 2017 at 7:00 am

[PHOTO] Nine photos from the Geary Ave. Flea (#gearyaveflea)

Some likes I received on year-old photos on Instagram tagged with Toronto’s Geary Avenue, a west-east street that lies literally on the other side of the tracks from my home on Dupont, alerted me to the Geary Ave. Flea. This flea market event, held at and around the corner of Geary and Westmoreland Avenue, is a monthly event, today’s being the second of four scheduled for the summmer, on the last Sunday of each month.

What did I think of the Geary Ave. Flea? I enjoyed it. There’s a nice mix of local businesspeople and shopkeepers advertising their goods, people trying to sell bricabrac in good shape, and even a mix of food and drink vendors. It’s a nice addition to the neighbourhood. I just wish there were more iterations scheduled for this summer.

Entering the Geary Ave. Flea off Westmoreland


5 records for $20

Jerseys and hats for sale

Flowers arranged

Things to drink

On Westmoreland

Looking back

Sign on Dovercourt

Written by Randy McDonald

July 30, 2017 at 10:15 pm

[URBAN NOTE] “Geary Avenue is still Toronto’s most interesting street”

blogTO’s Derek Flack reports about the latest developments of my neighbourhood’s Geary Avenue.

Geary Avenue TorontoOne of West Queen West’s most iconic landmarks in the late 2000s was Thrush Holmes’ neon-adorned gallery and studio space. Located just west of Dovercourt Rd. beside what would become the sales office for the Bohemian Embassy, it was a symbol of a neighbourhood defined by a creative spirit that had emerged from its industrial past.

When Holmes relocated in 2011 after five years, the character of the street and surrounding neighbourhood had changed immensely. The arts hub that was 48 Abell was gone, the Mercer Union moved north to Bloor, and the area had become the city’s hallmark of hip living, complete with a roster of new condos and bars.

This isn’t a sad story. Or at least it doesn’t have to be. Toronto needs place likes the West Queen West we have today, but it also needs areas that will serve as breeding grounds for artistic endeavours, new ideas, and cultural experimentation. For now, the city still has such places in steady supply.

Where did Thrush Holmes go when he left West Queen West?

Geary Avenue, of course. That strange hybrid of a street where you’re just as likely to find an auto body shop as you are a jam space, a brewery, an architecture firm, or an artist studio. In a city that’s growing as rapidly as Toronto, it’s places like Geary where you might take our cultural temperature.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 9, 2016 at 7:15 pm

[PHOTO] Tulips of Geary Avenue, Toronto

Tulips on Geary #toronto #janeswalk #lovetowalk #flowers #tulips #davenport #gearyave

I saw these cheery tulips towards the end of last weekend’s second Jane’s Walk, the Green Line tour, growing in a concrete-walled plot on the north side of the CPR tracks east of Dufferin.

Written by Randy McDonald

May 12, 2016 at 11:10 am