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

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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.




Croft Street is particularly rich in this density.












Written by Randy McDonald

May 17, 2017 at 3:19 pm

[PHOTO] Alley of Rosemont, winter, at night

Alley of Rosemont, winter, at night

Written by Randy McDonald

January 24, 2017 at 9:46 am

[PHOTO] Alley, Dovercourt at Northumberland

Alley, Dovercourt at Northumberland #toronto #dovercourtvillage #alley #laneway #dovercourtroad #northumberlandstreet

I was walking home last evening from Ossington station, just as evening was shading into twilight, when I passed by this alley, just east of Dovercourt Road on Northumberland. This particular alley was oddly lit, almost glowing in the back away from the street. A quick photo with my cell phone ensued.

I like this photo, but it’s not exactly what I saw. It feels less luminous somehow. Perhaps it’s a consequence of my limited phone technology. More likely, it’s a consequence of my lack of formal training as a photographer. I used to say that I took photos to illustrate things, but now I want to do more than that, and I don’t quite now how to set about doing that.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 15, 2016 at 4:00 pm

[PHOTO] Entering the Alley, Honest Ed’s

Entering the Alley #toronto #fringe2016 #fringeto #honesteds #thealley

Written by Randy McDonald

July 3, 2016 at 3:17 pm

[PHOTO] Truck in alley off Dupont

Truck in alley #toronto #truck #garage #laneway #alley #dovercourtvillage #dupontstreet

Written by Randy McDonald

May 20, 2016 at 11:40 am

[URBAN NOTE] “Toronto laneway to be turned into community garden”

Derek Flack’s blogTO report is fascinating. I will definitely be doing an expedition out to the Milky Way.

Running just south of Queen St. to the west of Dufferin, Milky Way is one of those Toronto laneways worth writing a love letter about. There’s excellent graffiti, people regularly use it as a quieter alternative to walking/riding on Queen, and over the years various art spaces have called the place home.

Now, the laneway could also be home to an urban garden. The Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust (PNLT) & Greenest City have joined forces to acquire the space at 87 Milky Way in an effort to set up a community garden here. The two groups are launching a fundraising campaign later this week for part of the sum required to take possession of the land.

Written by Randy McDonald

May 17, 2016 at 6:30 pm

[URBAN NOTE] “A love letter to Toronto’s alleyways and lanes”

blogTO’s Derek Flack has another great photo essay, this one dedicated to the laneways of Toronto.

The Toronto laneway is the vein to the artery that is the city’s streets. There are over 250 kilometres of laneways and alleys spread across the city, though you wouldn’t know it without looking at a map. You could pass by the entrance to a laneway for months without taking notice of it, relegated as they are to background status.

Yet, it’s precisely the degree to which our laneways are overlooked spaces that makes them so intriguing. This is messy urbanism at its finest. I’m not just talking about graffiti, but the strange process that takes place when people share urban space that’s outside of everyday view.

If the front yard is all about putting on a face, the laneway is about utility. From irregular garages, fences, and trellises to coach houses, car ports, and basketball nets, you can learn more about a person’s life by strolling through these spaces than past the manicured lawns that face the street.

Go to the site, please. There are plenty of beautiful photos, to say nothing of the words.

Written by Randy McDonald

May 5, 2016 at 5:43 pm