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[PHOTO] Twenty-one photos of Winter Stations on Woodbine Beach (#winterstations)

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Winter Stations this year was glorious, and Sunday the 1st of April was a great day to see these seven artworks, stretching out on the wide beaches set against the distant horizons.

Make Some Noise!!! (1) #toronto #winterstations #beaches #woodbinebeach #makesomenoise #publicart #latergram

Make Some Noise!!! (2) #toronto #winterstations #beaches #woodbinebeach #makesomenoise #publicart #latergram

Make Some Noise!!! (3) #toronto #winterstations #beaches #woodbinebeach #makesomenoise #publicart #latergram

Wind Station (1) #toronto #winterstations #beaches #woodbinebeach #makesomenoise #publicart #latergram

Wind Station (2) #toronto #winterstations #beaches #woodbinebeach #windstation #publicart #latergram

Wind Station (3) #toronto #winterstations #beaches #woodbinebeach #windstation #publicart #latergram

Obstacle (1) #toronto #winterstations #beaches #woodbinebeach #obstacle #publicart #latergram

Obstacle (2) #toronto #winterstations #beaches #woodbinebeach #obstacle #publicart #latergram

Obstacle (3) #toronto #winterstations #beaches #woodbinebeach #obstacle #publicart #latergram

Nest (1) #toronto #winterstations #beaches #woodbinebeach #nest #publicart #latergram

Nest (2) #toronto #winterstations #beaches #woodbinebeach #nest #publicart #latergram

Nest (3) #toronto #winterstations #beaches #woodbinebeach #nest #publicart #latergram

Rising Up (1) #toronto #winterstations #beaches #woodbinebeach #risingup #publicart #latergram

Rising Up (2) #toronto #winterstations #beaches #woodbinebeach #risingup #publicart #latergram

Rising Up (3) #toronto #winterstations #beaches #woodbinebeach #risingup #publicart #latergram

Revolution (1) #toronto #winterstations #beaches #woodbinebeach #revolutiom #publicart #latergram

Revolution (3) #toronto #winterstations #beaches #woodbinebeach #revolutiom #publicart #latergram

Revolution (2) #toronto #winterstations #beaches #woodbinebeach #revolution #publicart #latergram

Pussy Hat (1) #toronto #winterstations #beaches #woodbinebeach #pussyhat #publicart #latergram

Pussy Hat (2) #toronto #winterstations #beaches #woodbinebeach #pussyhat #publicart #latergram

Pussy Hat (3) #toronto #winterstations #beaches #woodbinebeach #pussyhat #publicart #latergram

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Written by Randy McDonald

April 9, 2018 at 1:35 pm

[PHOTO] Five photos of Woodbine Beach, Toronto (#woodbinebeach, #beaches)

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Woodbine Beach, like the other Beaches in this neighbourhood east of the Don, stands out for me for the distance of its horizons. Unlike on the west end’s shores, here there is nothing to interrupt the line of sight of one’s eyes, no breakers and no far shores. Infinity is here, tangible.

At Woodbine (1) #toronto #beaches #woodbinebeach #spring #latergram

At Woodbine (2) #toronto #beaches #woodbinebeach #lakeontario #spring #latergram

At Woodbine (3) #toronto #beaches #woodbinebeach #lakeontario #spring #latergram

At Woodbine (4) #toronto #beaches #woodbinebeach #lakeontario #spring #latergram

At Woodbine (5) #toronto #beaches #woodbinebeach #lakeontario #spring #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

April 3, 2018 at 10:00 am

[PHOTO] Kite above Woodbine Beach

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Woodbine Beach #toronto #beaches #woodbinebeach #blue #sky #kite #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

April 2, 2018 at 11:00 am

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Lower Bay, housing, Villiers Island, Saigon Flower, Little Jamaica

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  • blogTO reports on an upcoming concert scheduled for the TTC’s Lower Bay station on the 11th of March.
  • A new student residence for Ryerson University with prices actually comparable to prevailing rents for a studio apartment downtown seems like not the best solution to student housing issues. blogTO reports.
  • The upcoming formation of a new island, Villiers Island off the mouth of the Don, as part of the Port Lands renewal is very cool. blogTO reports.
  • Julien Gignac writes at the Toronto Star about the Saigon Flower, a Vietnamese restaurant on Queen Streeet West in the shadow of the Drake with an owner who refuses to sell. I have eaten there, and enjoyed it; I applaud her.
  • The disruption being inflicted on Little Jamaica, an enclave stretching along an Eglinton Avenue West being disrupted by Crosstown construction, is sad. Is there any alternative, though, if we want more transit? What can be done for the neighbourhood? The Toronto Star reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Don River park, safety, Soroush Mahmudi, TTC and King Street

  • blogTO notes impressive plans for a grand new park at the mouth of the Don River, by Lake Ontario.
  • Toronto, happily for its residents, happens to be the fourth-safest major city in the world by one ranking. CTV reports
  • This account of the life Soroush Mahmudi, one of the victims of the Church-Wellesley serial killer, as told by his wife is heartbreaking. The Toronto Star has it.
  • This Katie Daubs account at the Toronto Star of Al Falcone, the King Street restaurateur who is leading protest against the transit project on that corridor, is entertaining reading, at least.
  • Edward Keenan makes the suggestion that the street hockey players protesting King Street’s transit are missing the point. With the street freed up, what other non-traffic uses could it serve? The Toronto Star has it.

[ISL] Five islands links: Toronto Islands, Ireland, Sicily, Japan, Halligen Islands

  • blogTO notes that the Electric Island festival is slated to return to the Toronto Islands, after their wet 2017.
  • Politico.eu notes that the European Union is making the maintenance of integration on the island of Ireland a requirement for the UK if it wants a deal.
  • Jacobin Magazine shares a perfectly sensible article noting that the mafia of Sicily is intensely conservative, even reactionary, hardly deserving the romance with which it is too often represented.
  • The depopulation of Japan, often particularly intense in its smaller islands, is creating serious dilemmas. What is to be done with these remote, emptying-out, territories? The Japan Times reports.
  • The Halligen Islands of Germany’s Frisian coast, facing the North Sea and almost effaced every tide, sound like a charming place to visit. The Guardian reports.

[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.