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[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.
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[PHOTO] Three photos of Three Star Variety, 621 Bathurst Street

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Three Star Variety (621 Bathurst Street) caught my eye as I was passing by with the building’s colourful graffiti-style painted walls.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 8, 2017 at 9:45 am

[PHOTO] Alley by 95 Wolseley Street

Alley by 95 Wolseley Street

This graffiti painted on the white brick wall of the east side of 95 Wolseley Street caught my eye.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 6, 2017 at 11:10 am

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[BLOG] Some Thursday links

  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly considers the various challenges of being an independent person.
  • Centauri Dreams considers the possibility of a Mars-mass planet in the Kuiper belt.
  • Dangerous Minds notes how the 5Pointz warehouse of NYC, once a graffiti hotspot, has been turned into a condo complex that at best evokes that artistic past.
  • Language Log explores the etymology of “sang”, a descriptor of a Chinese subculture of dispirited youths.
  • The LRB Blog reports on a Border Patrol raid on the No More Deaths encampment in Arizona, a camp that helps save migrant lives in the desert.
  • The Strange Company blogs about the mysterious 1829 disappearance of Judge John Ten Eyck Lansing from New York City.
  • Unicorn Booty describes three gay Muslim immigrants terrified of the implications of President Trump.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy considers pros and cons to the idea of religious arbitration.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests that the Qatar crisis is worsening Sunni/Shia tensions among the Muslims of Russia.

[CAT] “For Monty”, on Croft Street

"For Monty"

This touching Croft Street mural and poem remembers neighbourhood cat Monty.

Written by Randy McDonald

May 20, 2017 at 8:06 pm

[PHOTO] Fourteen photos of the laneway murals of Harbord Village

One special highlight Jane’s Walk tour of the eastern side of Harbord Village was the abundance of street art–often bright in colour, sometimes quite ingenious, never unattractive–on the garages and walls of the back alleys of the neighbourhood.

David French Lane, named after the late Canadian playwright, had its fair share.

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Croft Street is particularly rich in this density.

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Written by Randy McDonald

May 17, 2017 at 3:19 pm

[PHOTO] Fifteen photos of the Graffiti Alley, Toronto

I saw Toronto’s Graffiti Alley for the first time earlier this month, visiting with Facebook’s Mark. Stretching from Portland Street in the east to Spadina Avenue in the west in the Fashion District, at its worst Graffiti Alley can be just another long, dirty, non-descript downtown alley. At its best, it is full of fun and bright works of art in the tradition of Warhol or Haring or Basquiat.

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Written by Randy McDonald

February 17, 2017 at 11:30 am