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[PHOTO] Sixteen photos of the Pillars Picnic (#pillarspicnic, #keepthepillarsTO)

I got late Sunday night to the Pillars Picnic, delayed by an unexpected partial shutdown of the Yonge subway line and by a necessary stop at the Black Eagle for burger and friends. The Pillars Picnic had been advertised in a NOW Toronto article, as a musical bidding farewell to the pillars in a patch of waste ground at Queens Quay and York Street in Harbourfront. The plans of the city of Toronto to build a Claude Cormier-designed park here for this burgeoning condo neighbourhood meant that these pillars, legacies of a York Street on-ramp for the Gardiner, were to go. I personally like the pillars–they evoke for me, in miniature, the modernist Stonehenge Confederation Bridge assembly yard in Amherst Point on Prince Edward Island–and supported the campaign to keep them. That campaign failed, sadly, but at least there was the concert.

(The artists performing when I arrived were Ivy Mairi backed by Matthew Bailey. They put on an excellent set.)

Pillars Picnic (1) #toronto #queensquay #yorkstreet #harbourfront #pillarspicnic #keepthepillarsTO #latergram

Pillars Picnic (2) #toronto #queensquay #yorkstreet #harbourfront #pillarspicnic #keepthepillarsTO #latergram

Pillars Picnic (3) #toronto #queensquay #yorkstreet #harbourfront #pillarspicnic #keepthepillarsTO #latergram

Pillars Picnic (4) #toronto #queensquay #yorkstreet #harbourfront #pillarspicnic #keepthepillarsTO #ivymairi #matthewbailey #latergram

Pillars Picnic (5) #toronto #queensquay #yorkstreet #harbourfront #pillarspicnic #keepthepillarsTO #skyline #latergram

Pillars Picnic (6) #toronto #queensquay #yorkstreet #harbourfront #pillarspicnic #keepthepillarsTO #ivymairi #matthewbailey #latergram

Pillars Picnic (7) #toronto #queensquay #yorkstreet #harbourfront #pillarspicnic #keepthepillarsTO #costume #latergram

Pillars Picnic (8) #toronto #queensquay #yorkstreet #harbourfront #pillarspicnic #keepthepillarsTO #costume #latergram

Pillars Picnic (9) #toronto #queensquay #yorkstreet #harbourfront #pillarspicnic #keepthepillarsTO #latergram

Pillars Picnic (10) #toronto #queensquay #yorkstreet #harbourfront #pillarspicnic #keepthepillarsTO #latergram

Pillars Picnic (11) #toronto #queensquay #yorkstreet #harbourfront #pillarspicnic #keepthepillarsTO #path #latergram

Pillars Picnic (12) #toronto #queensquay #yorkstreet #harbourfront #pillarspicnic #keepthepillarsTO #latergram

Pillars Picnic (13) #toronto #queensquay #yorkstreet #harbourfront #pillarspicnic #keepthepillarsTO #latergram

Pillars Picnic (14) #toronto #queensquay #yorkstreet #harbourfront #pillarspicnic #keepthepillarsTO #latergram

Pillars Picnic (15) #toronto #queensquay #yorkstreet #harbourfront #pillarspicnic #keepthepillarsTO #latergram

Pillars Picnic (16) #toronto #queensquay #yorkstreet #harbourfront #pillarspicnic #keepthepillarsTO #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

June 7, 2019 at 10:31 am

[URBAN NOTE] Seven Toronto links: transit, Christie Pits, Bathurst, Jollibee, King, Galleria Mall

  • At Spacing, John Lorinc notes that mayor John Tory is allowing waterfront transit plans to get delayed.
  • blogTO notes that there is apparently controversy over the correct spelling of Christie Pits.
  • CBC Toronto profiles the humble apartment at Bathurst and St. Clair that was home to Ernest Hemingway.
  • These photos of stackt, at Bathurst and Front, look amazing. Retail Insider has them.
  • blogTO notes that three new Jollibee locations are scheduled to open in 2020, including one downtown at Yonge and Gould.
  • Making the King Street pilot project permanent is at least a small victory for Toronto. CBC reports.
  • Urban Toronto shares the remarkable plans for the transformation of the Galleria Mall.

[PHOTO] Thirty photos of the Toronto Islands, 19 August 2018

Sunday morning, I went off with a friend of mine from Toronto and another friend of mine from Prince Edward Island to explore the Toronto Islands. It was a grand day, taking a ferry from the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal that touched briefly on Hanlan’s Point before arriving at our final destination of Ward’s Island. We then walked ever west, through Ward’s and onto the beach and along the Leslie Street Spit-facing boardwalk and then over to Algonquin Island, crossing south and west to the great pier at Centre Island Beach touching the immensity of Lake Ontario, then west to Hanlan’s Point. A missed ferry ride was great luck in disguise, since our visiting friend got us onto a water taxi–my first one!–that quickly took us back to mainland, swinging by the venerable PS Trillium on our way.

Line-up at the Ferry Terminal #toronto #harbourfront #jacklaytonferryterminal #latergram

Skyline (1) #toronto #harbourfront #torontoharbour #skyline #cntower #latergram

Skyline (2) #toronto #harbourfront #torontoharbour #skyline #cntower #rogerscentre #latergram

Hanlan's Point Dock (1) #toronto #harbourfront #torontoharbour #hanlanspoint #dock #green #grass #latergram

Skyline from Hanlan's Point (1) #toronto #harbourfront #torontoharbour #hanlanspoint #skyline #billybishopairport #dock #green #latergram

Skyline from Hanlan's Point (2) #toronto #harbourfront #torontoharbour #hanlanspoint #skyline #billybishopairport #dock #green #pines #trees #latergram

Back at the Ned Hanlan #toronto #harbourfront #torontoharbour #hanlanspoint #nedhanlan #dock #green #pines #trees #latergram

Looking from Ward's Island #toronto #harbourfront #torontoharbour #wardsisland #skyline #latergram

Among homes #toronto #harbourfront #torontoharbour #wardsisland #green #latergram

Ward's Island Beach (1) #toronto #harbourfront #torontoislands #wardsisland #beaches #green #latergram

Boats off Ward's Island Beach #toronto #harbourfront #torontoislands #wardsisland #beaches #boats #latergram

Stand of birch #toronto #harbourfront #torontoislands #wardsisland #beaches #trees #birch #latergram

Boardwalk #toronto #harbourfront #torontoislands #lakeontario #boardwalk #beaches #trees #latergram

Ships on the horizon past Leslie Street Spit #toronto #harbourfront #torontoislands #lakeontario #boats #lesliestreetspit #latergram

Bridge to Algonquin #toronto #harbourfront #torontoislands #lakeontario #bridge #algonquinisland #green #latergram

East from the bridge to Algonquin #toronto #harbourfront #torontoislands #lakeontario #bridge #algonquinisland #green #boats #latergram

Skyline from Algonquin #toronto #harbourfront #torontoislands #algonquinisland #skyline #latergram

Ferry in the distance from Algonquin #toronto #harbourfront #torontoislands #algonquinisland #ferry #boats #latergram

Algonquin home in green #toronto #torontoislands #algonquinisland #green #latergram

Green trees above #toronto #torontoislands #algonquinisland #green #trees #pines #latergram

Synthecycletron, Barry Prophet #toronto #torontoislands #centreisland #synthecyclotron #barryprophet #green #trees #pines #latergram

Fountains #toronto #torontoislands #centreisland #fountain #water #green #trees #latergram

Buoys #toronto #torontoislands #centreisland #centreislandbeach #beaches #buoys #latergram

Looking east #toronto #torontoislands #centreisland #centreislandbeach #pier #lesliestreetspit #latergram

On the pier #toronto #torontoislands #centreisland #centreislandbeach #pier  #latergram

Into the lake #toronto #torontoislands #centreisland #centreislandbeach #lakeontario #pier  #latergram

Contemplation #toronto #torontoislands #centreisland #gardens #cntower #latergram

Centre Island Beach #toronto #torontoislands #centreisland #centreislandbeach #beaches #lakeontario #latergram

Seen from a bouncing water taxi #toronto #torontoislands #torontoharbour #watertaxi #skyline #cntower #rogerscentre #latergram

The Trillium #toronto #torontoislands #torontoharbour #watertaxi #skyline #cntower #trillium #ferry #boats #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

August 23, 2018 at 3:30 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Parkdale, Eglinton Avenue, police, Festival of Failure, South Core

  • CBC reports on a campaign by Parkdale tenants against a real estate broker, Nick Brewerton, who they claim is responsible for the decline of rooming houses there.
  • Merchants in the area of Eglinton Avenue hit by Metrolinx construction respond with a mixture of incredulity and anger to news of the lawsuit lodged against Metrolinx by contractors. CBC reports.
  • Toronto police have returned to a normal posture after yesterday’s security alert. CBC reports.
  • The “Festival of Failure” ongoing for most of this month at Harbourfront Centre sounds very interesting. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Urban Toronto shares a stunning pair of photos, contrasting the South Core as seen form the CN Tower in 2010 and then in 2018. The difference between the two photos is remarkable.
  • [URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: police, Downsview Park, Harbourfront, U-Pass at U of T, Jollibee

    • The Toronto Police Service was claiming as recently as four months ago that, contrary to community concern, there was no serial killer at work in the Village. How are they to believed, especially when police chief Saunders lies about people not approaching the police with their concerns? Why should it be marching during Pride this year? The Ottawa Citizen preserves the truth.
    • Tess Kalinowski suggests that the impending departure of Bombardier from Downsview Park might lead to the regeneration of that neighbourhood, over at the Toronto Star.
    • That the Harbourfront Centre, despite its prominence, is apparently unable to pay $C 1.4 million in rent and back taxes to the City of Toronto is alarming. The Toronto Star reports.
    • The rejection by University of Toronto students, in a very recent vote, of a subsidized U-Pass for the TTC surprises me. I suppose if they live downtown and don’t want access to the rest of the city that might be a partial explanation, but still. The Toronto Star reports.
    • Justine Torres writes at NOW Toronto about the importance of the Jollibee opening for her, as someone of Filipino background.

    [URBAN NOTE] Four Toronto links: Scarborough Bluffs, waterfront transit, car dealerships, CityPlace

    • Edward Keenan celebrates at the Toronto Star the belated arrival of TTC bus service to Bluffers Park, at the foot of the Scarborough Bluffs. Why did it take so long, I wonder? I have walked that long narrow road too many times. Climbing the Bluffs is almost better.
    • blogTO notes how, despite official hopes, TTC funding commitments will limit the extension of new services on the waterfront.
    • Christopher Hume considers the aesthetics of some of the car dealerships on the east side of the downtown, clustered around the Don, over at the Toronto Star.
    • Justin Skinner looks in the City Centre Mirror at the extent to which the condo-dominated CityPlace neighbourhood, in the area of the old Spadina Yards south of the CN Tower, has thrived and come to cohere.

    [URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Old City Hall, Icebreakers, King Street, accents, Shermans

    • Alex Bozikovic argues that Old City Hall is perfectly placed to be a museum of the history of the city of Toronto, over at The Globe and Mail.
    • blogTO U>celebrates the start of Icebreakers, the public art event on the waterfront. I will be there–I just hope there will be enough snow for these works.
    • John Rieti at CBC takes issue with the misinformation associated with the King Street businesses’ campaign against the streetcar pilot project there.
    • CBC investigates the harm inflicted on newcomers by how they are treated for their non-standard accents.
    • Following the mysterious murder of Toronto billionaires Barry and Honey Sherman, their family has chosen to commit to a very expensive private investigation. CBC reports.

    [URBAN NOTE] Three Toronto links: TTC streetcars, Queens Quay, Cheesecake Factory

    • Steve Munro shares some photos of the first of the Canadian Light Rail Vehicles, TTC streetcars, from 1978.
    • NOW Toronto points out that Queens Quay, a popular pedestrian and biking area, does not do that good job of separating these two streams of traffic.
    • This Toronto Star review of the Cheesecake Factory, newly present in Toronto at Yorkdale, was fun to read. A dessert there might be worth trying.

    Written by Randy McDonald

    December 11, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    [URBAN NOTE] Four Toronto links: waterfront, #worldslargestrubberduck, PATH, rent control

    • Spacing’s John Lorinc considers confusion over what the idea of “mixed-use” development on the waterfront is.
    • Dave Leblanc looks at the PATH, the underground tunnels in downtown Toronto making up a huge mall. It counts. The Globe and Mail reports.
    • It turns out that the #worldslargestrubberduck was actually really good for waterfront businesses. The Toronto Star reports.
    • Toronto Life interviews RioCan head Jonathan Gitlin, who thinks rent control will be terrible for renters.

    Written by Randy McDonald

    October 14, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    [URBAN NOTE] Four blogTO links: Niagara Falls, Kensington Market, 450 Pape, Toronto Book Garden

    • Having visited Friday, I liked the blogTO report on the early days of Toronto’s love affair with Niagara Falls.
    • blogTO shares photos of Kensington Market in the raw 1970s.
    • The exterior of 450 Pape Avenue was used for the movie It, and the place is seeing Stephen King pilgrims already.
    • The Toronto Book Garden, a lovely mini-park at Harbourfront keyed to literary Toronto, opened yesterday.