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[URBAN NOTE] Six Toronto links: King Street, neighbourhoods, winter, Bentway, Judith Merril

  • Sean Marshall notes that businesses complaining about the effects of the transit experiment on King Street need to remember why they are in such a central location in the first place, over at his blog.
  • blogTO identifies five Toronto neighbourhoods set for a higher profile in 2018.
  • Alanna Rizza takes a look at some other cold snaps in the past of Toronto, over at the Toronto Star.
  • Torontoist celebrates the Bentway, the new skating rink underneath the Gardiner Expressway. (Is it an answer to the High Line? I wonder.)
  • Edward Keenan quite likes the humanizing effect of the Bentway on the spaces around the Gardiner Expressway, and says so at the Toronto Star.
  • Janice Bradbeer at the Toronto Star tells the story of how the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy came to be, thanks to American immigrant writer Judith Merril and Rochdale.
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[PHOTO] Three photos from the Lillian H. Smith Library, Toronto

Toronto’s Lillian H. Smith Library, located on 239 College Street just east of Spadina Avenue is one of my favourite libraries. Housed in a handsome building faced with yellow brick, the Lillian H. Smith branch–named after a pioneering early 20th century children’s librarian–stands out as the home to two special collections, the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation & Fantasy on the third floor and the Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books on the fourth.

Today, when I was looking down from the fourth floor, it struck me that the interior of the Lillian H. Smith Library is quite similar to that of the Toronto Reference Library, the different floors wrapped around an atrium stretching almost to the ceiling. Both are all heights, but the Lillian H. Smith features a classy pairing of polished concrete with wood and warm carpets. My compliments to the architect, clearly!

Four floors down

Three by three

Downwards curve

Written by Randy McDonald

August 23, 2017 at 7:00 am

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: the Toronto Public Library, Hanlan’s, parks, and Montréal laneways

  • blogTO notes that the Toronto Reference Library will be holding a huge sale again next week.
  • Inside Toronto profiles Sephora Hussein, new collection head of the Merril Collection.
  • Michael Lyons writes about the importance of the newly-reopened Hanlan’s beach on the Toronto Islands.
  • Jake Tobin Garrett argues at Torontoist for the importance of the proposed Rail Deck Park.
  • Emily Macrae argues at Torontoist there is much Toronto can learn from the green–literally–laneways of Montréal.

[PHOTO] Lillian H. Smith Library in the evening

Lillian H. Smith Library in the evening #toronto #collegestreet #tpl #library #lillianhsmithlibrary

The Lillian H. Smith Library on College Street is one of my favourite library buildings in Toronto, and not just for the yellow-bricked exterior that glows like gold in the evening. I have a May 2009 photo of the building, and a detail of the entrance from last year’s Fringe photo tour.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 9, 2015 at 3:20 pm