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[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Koreans, Italians, Irish, Albino Carreira, #threetorontos

  • This 2013 Toronto Guardian article explains how the Korean community in Toronto can trace its origins to early 20th century missionaries from Canada.
  • At Spacing, Daniel Panneton writes about the rise of fascism in Italian Toronto and the very different reactions to this ideology’s rise.
  • CBC Toronto reports on the popular new app Irish App-roved, aimed at helping new immigrants from Ireland get oriented in Toronto.
  • Jacob Lorinc at the Toronto Star tells the story of Albino Carreira, a Portuguese-Canadian construction worker disabled by a construction incident in the 1990s who went on to whimsically decorate his Clinton Street home and his bug-covered van.
  • The growing racialization of poverty in Toronto is a huge ongoing concern. The Toronto Star reports.

[PHOTO] Special, Gold Leaf Fruit Market

Special #toronto #koreatown #bloorstreetwest #goldleaffruitmarket #fruit #mandarins #mandarinoranges #orange #plum

Written by Randy McDonald

April 14, 2019 at 9:30 am

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Hodo Kwaja, King Street, HQ2, TDSB school trips, Ontario Place

  • This CBC article highlighting Hodo Kwaja bakery in Koreatown and the delicious walnut cakes it makes is superb.
  • VICE shares the story of a man who went nightclubbing on King Street to gauge the effects of the transit experiment. (His judgement? There’s change, but this change is natural.)
  • Trudeau is going to play up Canadian diversity to Amazon as part of the Toronto bid for HQ2, reports The Globe and Mail.
  • The TDSB has loosened restrictions on school trips to the United States, with some qualifications. (If any one student is blocked at the border, for instance, the entire trip is off.) The Toronto Star examines the issue.
  • The further expansion of parkland at Ontario Place, as announced by the provincial government, is inspiring. The Toronto Star reports.

[URBAN NOTE] “Koreatown unsure of what comes next after Mirvish Village”

blogTO’s Amy Grief looks at the speculation in Koreatown as to what will happen to this Bloor West neighbourhood after Honest Ed’s and Mirvish Village are gone.

Mirvish Village is vacant and Honest Ed’s had its big goodbye party this past weekend. The end is nigh for the southwest corner of Bloor and Bathurst as the wrecking ball slowly swoops in.

While the intersection was lively this weekend, it’s going to be pretty quiet for the next little while. That’s why I spoke to some of those nearby to see what they think about living and working near a ghost town.

“I think it does feel a bit empty in this moment, but I don’t think it’s really hit a lot of us until we start to see the kind of demolition of buildings,” says Adil Dhalla, one of the organizers behind last weekend’s festivities. We spoke as he was setting up the space.

Dhalla is also the executive direct of the Centre for Social Innovation, which is headquartered just south of Honest Ed’s.

The CSI also has a location in Regent Park, so Dhalla knows it can be complicated to watch as a neighbourhood changes.

Written by Randy McDonald

March 2, 2017 at 9:30 pm

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • blogTO notes that Conrad Black’s mansion is up for sale, and looks inside the climbing gym that replaced Koreatown’s Metro Theatre.
  • Centauri Dreams notes a new telescope optimized for detecting, among other things, Kuiper Belt objects.
  • Dangerous Minds shares a video of South African cyclists chased by an ostrich.
  • Far Outliers notes the existence of a Second World War prisoner of war camp in Hawai’i that sought to detect dissidents among the Japanese prisoners.
  • Joe. My. God. notes Caitlyn Jenner’s dislike of Hillary.
  • Language Hat and Language Log report on the crowdsource-legitimized Italian word “petaloso”.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the lasting effects of segregation in the South and a href=”http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2016/03/why-are-our-cities-segregated”>in cities.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer notes the unpopularity of Trump in Mexico has progressed to the point that the president made a statement criticizing the man.
  • Torontoist has an essay about Toronto parks that features a photo of mine of Christie Pits.

[PHOTO] Coffee before the rain


I stopped in the Same James Coffee Bar’s pocket shop on Bloor West by Christie Monday, just as the rain began to pour down from the sky. My drink was fortifying.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 13, 2015 at 1:58 pm

[PHOTO] Looking west down Bloor

Looking west down Bloor #toronto #bloorstreetwest #honesteds #evening #koreatown

Written by Randy McDonald

July 14, 2015 at 5:04 am